Effects of corporate sustainability practices on performance

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dc.contributor.author El-Khalil, Raed
dc.contributor.author El-Kassar, Abdul-Nasser
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-16T13:30:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-16T13:30:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-10-16
dc.identifier.issn 1463-5771 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/8645 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose Sustainability focuses on the effect of present actions on societies, environments and ecosystems of the future. The purpose of this paper is to discover to what extent the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region corporations carry out various aspects of corporate sustainability. This paper studies corporate sustainability practices and examines the association between corporate sustainability practices and performance in the MENA region. Design/methodology/approach A thorough literature review was conducted. The findings indicate six key categories/constructs that can be used as indicators for measuring corporate sustainability and performance. Based on the literature review, a theoretical framework was constructed and tested. Data for this quantitative and explanatory study were obtained through a self-administered survey which was distributed to senior managers at corporations in the MENA region. Findings The findings of this study show that the corporations operating in the MENA region are underachieving in all aspects of sustainability except for the energy management facet. Larger-sized companies tend to be more involved in corporate sustainability practices in the categories of internal and external education, external health and resources and energy management. This study finds the existence of a strong positive relationship between each sustainability category and each performance category. Originality/value Most studies on sustainability focus on North America, Europe and East Asia, not the MENA region. The findings will help corporations in the MENA region become aware of the importance of increasing their engagement in the sustainability aspects that they lack, as this will lead to a boost of their overall performance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Effects of corporate sustainability practices on performance en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle the case of the MENA region en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201005172 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199529190 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Benchmarking: An International Journal en_US
dc.journal.volume 25 en_US
dc.journal.issue 5 en_US
dc.article.pages 1333-1349 en_US
dc.keywords Sustainable development en_US
dc.keywords Corporate performance en_US
dc.keywords MENA corporations en_US
dc.keywords Strategic planning MENA en_US
dc.keywords Sustainability MENA en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-06-2015-0065 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Khalil, R., & El-Kassar, A. N. (2018). Effects of Corporate Sustainability Practices on Performance: the Case of the MENA Region. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 25(5). en_US
dc.author.email raed.elkhalil@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email abdulnasser.kassar@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/BIJ-06-2015-0065 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2514-1120 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8423-8723 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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