Firm Voluntary Measures for Environmental Changes, Eco-Innovations and CSR: Empirical Analyses Based on Data Surveys

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2013-25

24 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2015

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Christian Le Bas

Université Catholique de Lyon - ESDES School of Business and Management

Nicolas Poussing

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER); CREM

Date Written: December 11, 2013

Abstract

Despite the increased strategic importance of environmental innovation on the one hand and corporate social responsibility on the other, there are still few studies that show firm voluntary measures create a primary determinant of environmental changes. First, we clarify the meaning of voluntary measures and CSR. Second, we utilize a survey carried out in Luxemburg on firm CSR practices jointly with the Community Innovation Survey 2008 (CIS 2008). We merge them and show through the estimation of a probit model that CSR is an important factor that explains environmental innovation. Thanks to a question from CIS 2008 we can contribute to the literature by developing a new indicator measuring the scale of the positive impacts on the environment coming from the firm technological innovation capacity. A negative binomial regression enables us to estimate a significant and positive effect of CSR and firm value on this scale.

Keywords: environmental innovation, corporate social responsibility, Community Innovation Survey 2008, innovation impacts on the environment

JEL Classification: D22, H23, L21, O31

Suggested Citation

Le Bas, Christian and Poussing, Nicolas, Firm Voluntary Measures for Environmental Changes, Eco-Innovations and CSR: Empirical Analyses Based on Data Surveys (December 11, 2013). Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2013-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2616343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2616343

Christian Le Bas (Contact Author)

Université Catholique de Lyon - ESDES School of Business and Management ( email )

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Nicolas Poussing

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) ( email )

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