Environmental performance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Companies in the Pearl River Delta Region (PRDR): A case study of Dongguan City

Xiaojiang YU*, Kenneth K K WONG

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Abstract

The environmental performance of foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in the Pearl River Delta Region (PRDR) is examined through a case study of Dongguan City. The influence of host governments, regional/international organisations and export markets is highlighted in the analysis of environmental management systems of the FDI companies. The majority of FDI companies in the region lack effective systems and measures for environmental management. The environmental governance of the host country, the environment-related legislation and policies of the main export markets, and the social responsibility of the company owners are major factors that influence the environmental performance of the FDI companies. A combination of the quality of host government decision making in relation to sustainable development and the high degree of social responsibility and environmental awareness of individual FDI companies is crucial not only to achieving better overall environmental performance but also to achieving better environmental quality in the PRDR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-93
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Geographer
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Environmental performance
  • FDI
  • The PRDR

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