Industrial changes in corporate sustainability performance - An empirical overview using data envelopment analysis

Dong Shang Chang, Li Chin Regina Kuo, Yi Tui Chen

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Abstract

In this paper, we report the results of an empirical study of corporate sustainability3 conducted at the industry-level. The aim of the study was to determine the change in corporate sustainability performance over time. A composite index of corporate sustainability performance was created using DEA relative efficiency scores in sixteen industries, and the changes in efficiency were measured using the Malmquist index for three consecutive years. The findings indicate that sustainability performance varies across industries and reflect a trend of on-going improvement in corporate sustainability performance in most industries. Of the 16 industries, 7 industries have improved their sustainability performance consistently during the three consecutive years. The natural resources sector tends to have more consistent and stable sustainability performance than the other sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2013

Keywords

  • DEA
  • Malmquist index
  • Sustainability performance
  • Technical efficiency

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