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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1283; doi:10.3390/ijerph14101283

Doing Good Again? A Multilevel Institutional Perspective on Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Philanthropic Strategy

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Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Zhongshan 528402, China
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Discipline of International Business, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne 3800, Australia
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School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China
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Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 October 2017 / Published: 24 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Environment, Green Operations and Sustainability)
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This study investigates the relationship between corporate environmental responsibility and corporate philanthropy. Using a sample of Chinese listed firms from 2008 to 2013, this paper examines the role of corporate environmental responsibility in corporate philanthropy and the moderating influence of the institutional environment using multilevel analysis. The results show that corporate eco-friendly events are positively associated with corporate philanthropic strategy to a significant degree. Provincial-level government intervention positively moderate the positive relationship between eco-friendly events and corporate philanthropy and government corruption is negatively moderate the relationship. All these results are robust according to robustness checks. These findings provide a new perspective on corporate philanthropic strategy as a means to obtain critical resources from the government in order to compensate for the loss made on environmental responsibility. Moreover, the institutional environment is proved here to play an important role in corporate philanthropic strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate philanthropy; government intervention; government corruption; resource dependence; institutional environment; multilevel analysis corporate philanthropy; government intervention; government corruption; resource dependence; institutional environment; multilevel analysis
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Liu, W.; Wei, Q.; Huang, S.-Q.; Tsai, S.-B. Doing Good Again? A Multilevel Institutional Perspective on Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Philanthropic Strategy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1283.

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