Sustainable Disclosure Policies and Sustainable Performance of European Listed Companies Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2020

start page

  • 5920

issue

  • 15

volume

  • 12

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2071-1050

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2071-1050

abstract

  • Sustainable disclosure has become common for companies to publicly signal their responsible behavior. Our research idea is twofold. First—irrespective of its content—better quality sustainable disclosure should identify more sustainability compliant companies. Second, we propose that those companies should have a more stable—and thus more sustainable—performance. Focusing on the top-capitalized companies of the EU-28 stock exchanges, we assess how GRI sustainable-reporting quality associates with stock-price volatility and distance-to-default. Our results, which resist various robustness checks, confirm that better quality sustainable disclosure couples with more sustainable performance. Thus, pro-disclosure policies could enhance long-term value creation.

keywords

  • stable and sustainable performance; sustainable disclosure; gri; top listed companies; eu-28