Embedding Environment and Sustainability into Corporate Financial Decision-making

Manuel Siegrist, Gary Bowman, Evelyn M. Mervine, Colette Southam

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Abstract

The business case for sustainability can be built upon: (1.) cost reduction from efficient resource utilisation, (2.) revenue enhancement, (3.) risk management, and (4.) intangible assets (Esty and Winston 2009). However, executives often adopt a short-term perspective owing to executive compensation, investor pressure, and decision-making criteria tied to fixed financial reporting systems. We propose an integrated conceptual framework which highlights how firms could embed environment and sustainability into their long-term financial decision-making framework. To give this goal structure, the firm could adopt: (1.) longer-term executive compensation plans, (2.) longer-term financial reporting, and (3.) flexible financial decision-making models which embed intangibles.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting and Finance
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Aug 2019

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Financial decision making
Executive compensation
Financial reporting
Corporate sustainability
Sustainability
Resource utilization
Integrated
Conceptual framework
Risk management
Investors
Decision-making model
Revenue
Intangibles
Enhancement
Business case
Intangible assets
Decision making

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Embedding Environment and Sustainability into Corporate Financial Decision-making. / Siegrist, Manuel; Bowman, Gary; Mervine, Evelyn M.; Southam, Colette.

In: Accounting and Finance, 28.08.2019.

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