What characteristics do the firms have that go beyond compliance with regulation in environmental protection? A multiple discriminant analysis

Diego A. Vazquez-brust, José Antonio Plaza-úbeda

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Abstract

This paper is focused on analyzing the characteristics of firms that have environmental performance beyond the requirements of regulation in environmental protection. To identify such characteristics, we propose a value and context model building on environmental paradigms as conceptualized by Dryzek’s environmental discourse theory. Using multiple discriminant analysis (MDA) to analyze data collected from a multi-respondent survey of Argentinean polluting firms, we identify distinctive characteristics of firms going beyond regulation and firms that do not comply with regulation. In particular, comparing with other five environmental discourses, endorsement of green growth is evaluated in its connection with compliance patterns. We find that supporting green growth discourse (also known as ecological modernization) is one of the characteristics of those firms that go beyond compliance in their environmental performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1873
Number of pages27
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • greengrowth
  • degrowth
  • environmental protection
  • environmental behavior
  • discriminant analysis

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