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Greenwashing of Local Government: The Human-Caused Risks in the Process of Environmental Information Disclosure in China

Yanhong Tang (), Rui Yang (), Yingwen Chen (), Mengjin Du (), Yichen Yang () and Xin Miao ()
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Yanhong Tang: School of Public Administration and Law, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin 150030, China
Rui Yang: School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Yingwen Chen: School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Mengjin Du: School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Yichen Yang: School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Xin Miao: School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 16, 1-1

Abstract: The increasing occurrences of greenwashing pose great risks to environmental protection. The current studies mainly focused on corporate greenwashing, and few paid attention to the greenwashing of the local government (GLG), thus lacking methods to identify the risks of forming the GLG and finding practicable countermeasures. This paper tries to fill the research gap in the study of the GLG by analyzing human factors. Given that the GLG is in close relationship with environmental governance pressures related to environmental information disclosure (EID), this paper attempts to analyze the human-caused risks of forming the GLG in the process of EID. This work focused on the process analysis, examined the human causes that form the GLG in the stages of collecting, medium, and disseminating of environmental information (EI), and offered countermeasures embedded with resilience accordingly.

Keywords: greenwashing of local government (GLG); risk; environmental information disclosure (EID); resilience; process analysis; human causes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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