Export Intensity and MNE Customers’ Environmental Requirements: Effects on Local Chinese Suppliers’ Environment Strategies

Jie Wu*, Zhenzhong Ma

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Abstract

This study integrates the resource dependence perspective and the stakeholder perspective to analyze local Chinese suppliers’ environment strategies in response to environmental requirements of different types of customers. With a sample of 1,215 local Chinese manufacturing suppliers, we examine the impact of export intensity and environmental requirements of multinational enterprises (MNEs) on local Chinese suppliers’ environment strategies. The results show that local Chinese suppliers with high levels of export intensity are more likely to adopt positive environment strategies to reduce environmental risks. In addition, local Chinese suppliers respond actively to environmental requirements of MNE customers but not to those of local customers. The linkage between MNE customers’ environmental requirements and local Chinese suppliers’ environment strategies remains significant, even after we control for the impact of export intensity. Implications of the findings conclude the article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-339
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume135
Issue number2
Early online date28 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2016

Keywords

  • China
  • Emerging markets
  • Environment strategies
  • Export intensity
  • MNE customers
  • Resource dependence

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