Local Environmental States as Drivers of Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility: An Inter-Province Comparison of Automobile Manufacturers in China
Grey, Andrew / AC (2010) Local Environmental States as Drivers of Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility: An Inter-Province Comparison of Automobile Manufacturers in China. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
This dissertation explores the possibility of a relationship between the environmental states of two provinces in China and the levels of environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) within the local automobile manufactures. The paper postulates several hypotheses in order to explore the relationship between the state of the local environment and apparent local environmental CSR while simultaneously examining industrial pollution abatement trends in both provinces. The investigation finds that while there seems to be no direct link between local environmental states (LESs) and apparent levels of environmental CSR within the local automobile manufacturers, despite the theoretical links, there is evidence that the LES does have an indirect effect on the involvement of local government in environmental CSR efforts. The LES appears to catalyse the local government's awareness of and responsiveness to their local conditions, causing them to engage more with local industry. As such, local regulatory stakeholders appear to bridge the gap between the LESs and the local manufacturers' environmental CSR; local governments' level of involvement with industry appears to be catalysed by the perceived deterioration of the LES. That is to say that the province with the comparatively more deteriorated LES exhibits greater levels of government involvement in environmental CSR than the province with the better LES, although the two show acute responsiveness to fluctuations in certain pollutants, indicating environmental awareness. This study therefore suggests that the LES, a previously overlooked driver of environmental CSR, might have an indirect effect on local industry's environmental CSR in China. However, in order to assess the extent of this effect further empirical study will be required.
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