Does sustainability affect corporate performance and economic development? Evidence from the Asia-Pacific region and North America

Kyungbok Kim, Sang Myung Lee

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Abstract

This paper explores how sustainability influences financial returns and economic development in the Asia-Pacific region and North America, utilizing real data empirically. It is controversial that sustainable activities are related to financial performance. For clarification, we tested hypotheses analyzing sustainability index, seven stock markets, financial data such as ROI, ROIC, and ROA from eleven companies, and GDP/GNI per capita, based on the Asia-Pacific region and North America. The results indicate that both financial return for companies and economic development in the two regions are positively germane to sustainable investment. Besides, we found evidence that sustainable investment impacts economic development based on variance decomposition analysis, depending on GDP per capita between the two regions. This implication will be interesting for both practitioners and researchers regarding the measurement of sustainable performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number909
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018 Mar 21

Keywords

  • Corporate performance
  • Economic development
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable investment
  • VAR
  • VECM

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