Sustainability, Environmental Responsibility and Innovation

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Dr. Khaldoon Albitar
Accounting and Financial Management, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, P01 3DE, UK.

Prof. Khaled Hussainey
Accounting and Financial Management, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, P01 3DE, UK.

Manuscript Topics

Corporate social and environmental responsibility (CER) has received significant scholarly attention in the past decade (Qiu et al., 2016; Trumpp, C., & Guenther, 2017; Tapver, 2019; Li et al., 2019). However, corporate innovation is essential for firms to fulfil CER and improve firm value. With the development of information technology and the complexity of user demand, CER requires firms to provide high-quality products and services to consumers, establish cooperation and win-win relationship with suppliers and customers, and produce more environmentally products through corporate innovation (Provasnek et al., 2017; Chuang and Huang, 2018, Li et al., 2019). Corporate innovation will also bring new and better quality products, which helps in gaining competitive advantage, higher market share, and excess returns (Martinez‐Conesa, Soto‐Acosta, & Palacios‐Manzano, 2017). Corporate innovation is considered to be one of the key factors that influences the long-term success of the firm in today’s competitive markets. Innovation therefore represents a crucial tool to the implementation of CER and sustainable development (Li et al., 2019).

Innovation goes beyond technological change. As many authors (Alexiev et al., 2016;  Jansen et al., 2006) have highlighted, innovation results also from non-technological developments, which often can be more important than technological change (Broadstock et al., 2019). These broader inter-relationships, in particular links between CER, sustainability and different types of innovation consider as a relevant topics to be explored.

We welcome research papers using diverse methodological and theoretical approaches and focus on the context of Emerging and Developing Economies.
We invite submissions that address, but are not restricted to, the following issues:

• New measures of CER and innovation.
• Comparison of CER practices, strategies and policies.
• CER and Sustainability.
• CER in Islamic Financial Institutions (IFIs).
• Corporate governance, CER disclosure and firm performance.
• The interaction between CER and corporate governance and their impact on firm performance.
• CER engagement and integrated reporting.
• Evaluating CER activities and engagement.
• CER and earning management.
• Socially responsibly investment.
• Economic growth and sustainable development.
• Sustainability, environmental issues and innovation.
• Disclosure of innovation activates and corporate performance.
• The interaction between CER and innovations and their impact on firm performance.
• Stock market reaction to CER and innovation related activities.
• The impact of CER on credit ratings.
• The readability of CER and innovation-related disclosure.
• Key performance information related to CER and innovation activities.
• CER and stakeholders’ reactions.
• CER and Social Media.
• CER and firm reputation.

Paper Submission
All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication.
The deadline for manuscript submission is 30/10/2020.

Instructions for authors
Please submit your manuscript to online submission system


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Muzzammil Wasim Syed, Ji Zu Li, Muhammad Junaid, Muhammad Ziaullah
Green Finance, 2020, 2(3): 227-242. doi: 10.3934/GF.2020013
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