Next Article in Journal
Variability Matters
Previous Article in Journal
Ecological Study on Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Association with European Union Member States’ Air Pollution
 
 
Article

Corporate Environmental Performance in China: The Moderating Effects of the Media versus the Approach of Local Governments

by 1 and 2,*
1
China Center for Energy Economics Research, School of Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
2
School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(1), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010150
Received: 27 October 2020 / Revised: 11 December 2020 / Accepted: 19 December 2020 / Published: 28 December 2020
This article selects the listed companies in China’s A-share heavy pollution industry from 2014 to 2018 as samples, uses a random effect model to empirically test the relationship between media attention and corporate environmental performance and examines the impacts of local government environmental protection and property nature on that relationship. Results are as follow: (1) Media attention can significantly affect a company’s environmental performance. The higher the media attention, the greater the company’s supervision and the better its environmental performance. (2) In areas where the government pays less attention to environmental protection, the impact of media on corporate environmental performance is more obvious, but in other areas, the impact of media on environmental performance cannot be reflected; (3) The media attention is very significant for the environmental performance improvement of state-owned enterprises, and it is not obvious in non-state-owned enterprises. (4) A further breakdown of the study found that the role of media attention in corporate environmental performance is only significant in the sample of local governments that have low environmental protection and are state-owned enterprises. This research incorporates the local government’s emphasis on environmental protection into the research field of vision, expands the research scope of media and corporate environmental performance, and also provides new clues and evidence for promoting the active fulfillment of environmental protection responsibilities by companies and local governments. View Full-Text
Keywords: media attention; corporate environmental performance; local governments attach importance to environmental protection; property nature media attention; corporate environmental performance; local governments attach importance to environmental protection; property nature
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Guo, Z.; Lu, C. Corporate Environmental Performance in China: The Moderating Effects of the Media versus the Approach of Local Governments. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 150. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010150

AMA Style

Guo Z, Lu C. Corporate Environmental Performance in China: The Moderating Effects of the Media versus the Approach of Local Governments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(1):150. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010150

Chicago/Turabian Style

Guo, Zhiru, and Chao Lu. 2021. "Corporate Environmental Performance in China: The Moderating Effects of the Media versus the Approach of Local Governments" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 1: 150. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010150

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop