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Leonid Gokhberg


Mohd Zulkhairi Mustapha1, Zarina Zakaria1, Nurliana Md Rahin1, Noorsakinah Binti Abdul Wahab2
  • 1 Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2 National University of Malaysia, Lingkungan Ilmu, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Competitive Strategies for Corporate Sustainability

2023. Vol. 17. No. 4. P. 45–53 [issue contents]
This is an exploratory study to gain insight among tax and ESG practitioners on the linkage between ESG and tax compliance. Prior studies used secondary data to examine the association between ESG and tax avoidance and reported inconclusive results. This leads to speculative discussion to support the results, among which are corporate ethics and corporate hypocrisy. This motivates the study to examine the perception among parties involved to understand their views on the relationship. A total of 22 personnel representing firms, consultants, and regulator are interviewed. We found a gap between firms and tax regulators and consultant perception of the link between ESG and tax compliance. There is also an inconsistent perception among sustainability and tax personnel in firms. Interestingly, we found only the government-linked companies perceived tax compliance to be part of social components. Our study implies that there is evidence to support negative and no relationship between tax avoidance and ESG but no evidence to support corporate hypocrisy.
Citation: Mustapha M.D., Zakaria Z., Rahin N.M., Wahab N.S.A. (2023) Competitive Strategies for Corporate Sustainability. Foresight and STI Governance, 17(4), pp. 45–53. DOI: 10.17323/2500-2597.2023.4.45.53
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