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Firm voluntary measures for environmental changes, eco-innovations and CSR: Empirical analysis based on data surveys

Christian Le Bas () and Nicolas Poussing
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Christian Le Bas: Université de Lyon, Lyon, F-69007, France ; CNRS, GATE Lyon St Etienne,F-69130 Ecully, France

No 1322, Working Papers from Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon

Abstract: Despite the increased strategic importance of environmental innovation on the one hand and corporate social responsibility on the other, there are still few studies that show firm voluntary measures create a primary determinant of environmental changes. First, we clarify the meaning of voluntary measures and CSR. Second, we utilize a survey carried out in Luxemburg on firm CSR practices jointly with the Community Innovation Survey 2008 (CIS 2008). We merge them and show through the estimation of a probit model that CSR is an important factor that explains environmental innovation. Thanks to a question from CIS 2008 we can contribute to the literature by developing a new indicator measuring the scale of the positive impacts on the environment coming from the firm technological innovation capacity. A negative binomial regression enables us to estimate a significant and positive effect of CSR and firm value on this scale.

Keywords: environmental innovation; corporate social responsibility; Community Innovation Survey 2008; innovation impacts on the environment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 H23 L21 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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