Stakeholder Engagement and Financial Performance of Firms Listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

Authors

  • Obey Dzomonda Department of Business Management, Turfloop Campus, University of Limpopo, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Keywords:

Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Listed firms, Stakeholder engagement, South Africa, Sustainable development.

Abstract

Attaining sustainable development will remain an elusive agenda if there is no effective stakeholder engagement. All stakeholders need to come on board to share and collaborate on environmental sustainability initiatives. This study investigated the relationship between stakeholder engagement and financial performance. The study area of this study was all FTSE/JSE listed firms. The researcher opted for a quantitative research approach and used a case study research design. The longitudinal design was adopted where the researcher collected panel data from 2011-2018. The sample of this study was 32 firms listed on the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index. This resulted in 256 observations for the period under consideration. This study utilised secondary data, which is annual financial statements of firms listed on the JSE. Stakeholder engagement was the independent variable while the financial performance as measured by the Tobin’s Q was the dependent variable. Quantitative content analysis was used to collect data related to stakeholder engagement. Data was analysed using Panel regression analysis model. The Fixed and Random effects models were used to analyse data. The Hausman test was used to evaluate the appropriate model. The findings showed a positive but insignificant relationship between stakeholder engagement and financial performance as measured by Tobin’s Q. This suggested that stakeholder engagement does not predict market valuation of the firm. It was deduced that probably the concerned firms are sending weak signals to key stakeholders regarding their genuine commitment towards environmental sustainability initiatives. Recommendations were made for firms to send strong signals to investors which clearly show that they are genuinely committed towards environmental sustainability initiatives.

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Published

2020-11-16

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