Introductory analysis of sustainable production in Southeast Asia and Japan: Corporate disclosure, green purchasing, and macro situation


As an introductory analysis, this paper examines how to shift to the sustainable production in Southeast Asia (especially in Thailand). The current situation of environment and supply chain management in Southeast Asia is measly understood. This paper aims to understand the current situation and future issues with discussion of related policy issues in Southeast Asia. Research design of this study is divided into two parts; micro and macro viewpoints. From the micro viewpoint, we examine corporate disclosure and green purchasing/procurement by adopting neo-institutional theory and stakeholder theory. Regarding corporate disclosure, we use CDP data, whereas, regarding green purchasing/procurement, we use Toyokeizai corporate social responsibility data (focusing on Japanese firms). On the other hand, from the macro viewpoint, we examine the current situation following Porter hypothesis and the framework of green product development of Southeast Asian countries. Based on some macro statistics such as OECD statistics and World Bank data, we review the current situation and what should be discussed from these frameworks as remaining issues.

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