Corporate Sustainability Performance of Chinese Firms: An Empirical Analysis from a Social Responsibility Perspective
Emerging Markets Finance and Trade
Drawing on the concepts of sustainable corporate development and the triple bottom line, this study develops a corporate sustainability efficiency (CSE) index to evaluate sustainable corporate performance. Further, with the help of a meta-frontier analysis and a hybrid measure approach, the study identifies the existence and determinants of efficiency gaps introduced by technology heterogeneity across the sectors. The findings, obtained from empirical tests based on panel data of 138 large Chinese firms in 2011–2015, indicate that firms’ CSE was low during the twelfth five-year plan (2011–2015). The best performance was in manufacturing, followed by construction/mining, services, and finance, while technology heterogeneity caused significant efficiency gaps across industries. The study also identifies various managerial failures and a technology gap that contributed to the lack of efficiency gains before offering context-specific suggestions.
Chinese firms, corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability efficiency, meta-frontier analysis, technology heterogeneity
Wang, Xiaoling; Lin, Haiying; and Tian, Maoxi, "Corporate Sustainability Performance of Chinese Firms: An Empirical Analysis from a Social Responsibility Perspective" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 557.
Department of Management