Department of Accountancy and Law; Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
The importance imposed on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is greater in developed economies than in emerging markets. The pressures from various stakeholder groups on the CSR are expected to have substantial spillover impact on companies domiciled in emerging economies that obtain revenues from companies in developed economies. Based on the data from 1,330 listed companies in China, the largest emerging economy in the world, this study provides evidence that the CSR performance of China firms is positively related to the degree of their internationalization, and such a positive association is less pronounced for state-owned enterprises. Our findings support the hypothesis that internationalized companies in emerging economies are motivated to improve their CSR practices to address concerns from their importers or outsourcers in developed economies.
Corporate social responsibility, International diversification, State-owned enterprises, China
Source Publication Title
Journal of Business Ethics
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2268-7
Tan gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Strategic Development Fund of the Hong Kong Baptist University, while Kong gratefully acknowledges funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No.: 71173078; 71372130).
Link to Publisher's Edition
Cheung, Y., Kong, D., Tan, W., & Wang, W. (2015). Being good when being international in an emerging economy: The case of China. Journal of Business Ethics, 130 (4). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2268-7