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Sustainable Investment: Interrelated among Corporate Governance, Economic Performance and Market Risks Using Investor Preference Approach

Ming-Lang Tseng (), Phan Anh Tan (), Shiou-Yun Jeng (), Chun-Wei Lin, Yeneneh Tamirat Negash () and Susilo Nur Aji Cokro Darsono ()
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Ming-Lang Tseng: Institute of Innovation & Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung City 41354, Taiwan
Phan Anh Tan: Institute of Innovation & Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung City 41354, Taiwan
Shiou-Yun Jeng: Institute of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taichung City 64002, Taiwan
Yeneneh Tamirat Negash: Institute of Innovation & Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung City 41354, Taiwan
Susilo Nur Aji Cokro Darsono: Department of Business Administration, Asia University, Taichung City 41354, Taiwan

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 7, 1-15

Abstract: Prior studies are lacking on the drivers of sustainable investment. Hence, this study examines the relationship between the social aspects, environmental aspects, economic benefits, market conditions, and corporate governance issues on sustainable investment. Sustainable investment has been rising since the last decade. However, sustainable investment is preceded by ethical investment, green investment, and socially responsible investment. In order to understand the sustainability of an investment before decision-making, it proposed a set of attributes to measure its sustainability using investor’s linguistics preferences. The proposed attributes are interrelated and based on investor’s linguistic preferences. The study employs the fuzzy set theory to handle the uncertainty resulting from the vagueness of linguistic terms and applies decision making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL) to determine the nature of interrelationships among sustainable investment attributes. The result indicates that corporate governance, economic performance, and market risks are the causal aspects of sustainable investment. In addition, this study found that transparency, anti-corruption, and board diversity were the two most important criteria of corporate governance. Furthermore, the three most important criteria of economic performance presented the model were excess return, market value, and shareholder loyalty. The theoretical and practical implications of sustainable investment are discussed.

Keywords: sustainable investment; environment; social and corporate governance; socially responsible investment; investor preferences; fuzzy set theory; decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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