Effects of the design of environmental disclosure regulation on information provision: The case of Israeli Securities Regulation

Dorit Kerret*, Gila Menahem, Rinat Sagi

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Focusing on the potential of information regulations, this article aims to contribute to ongoing efforts of policymakers to improve policy tools, in light of the increasing complexity of assessing the environmental impacts of new technologies and industrial corporations. Using the annual reports of corporations and performance data from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the study analyzed the quality of responses to the amendments of Israel's Securities Regulations by major, publicly traded, polluting industrial corporations in Israel. The main theoretical claim of this paper is that within mandatory regulations there may be a large variability in the degree of specification of requirements. When considerable discretion is left to corporations, the result is a mixed mandatoryvoluntary regulation regime. Our findings suggest that such variability impacts the implementation outcomes, as responses to environmental requirements depend on the level of discretion. Facilities increased their reported information, including the negative aspects, when specific mandatory prescriptions were stipulated. However, voluntary motivations did not result in the provision of information when corporations were allowed a high level of discretion. The authors recommend the delineation of exact stipulations of prescriptive requirements for the provision of comparative environmental information in order to obtain the environmental information deemed necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8022-8029
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Volume44
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Sep 2010

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Effects of the design of environmental disclosure regulation on information provision: The case of Israeli Securities Regulation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this