Corporate environmental accountability in Nigeria : an example of regulatory failure and regulatory capture

Noah, AO, Adhikari, P, Ogundele, BO and Yazdifar, H 2021, 'Corporate environmental accountability in Nigeria : an example of regulatory failure and regulatory capture' , Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, 11 (1) , pp. 70-93.

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate how state regulations become ineffective in holding corporations accountable for environmental degradation in an emerging economy context, with a specific focus on oil and gas and cement industry in Nigeria Design Methodology: The study draws on capture theory to bring out the factors that have rendered redundant the state intervention to make corporations accountable for their environmental activities. The research setting is the oil and gas and cement industry in Nigeria. Data for the study are derived from both documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews and analysed using a thematic technique. Findings: The findings of the paper demonstrate a regulatory failure to hold corporations to account for their environmental activities. A lack of political will, outdated regulations and the manipulation of the regulators, all have played a part in preventing corporations from being accountable for their activities. In addition, the widespread elite corruption in the country has provided corporations with leeway to manipulate their environmental accountability practices. The study emphasises the need for continuous review of the regulations and efforts to reduce corruption in order to promote corporations' environmental accountability in Nigeria. Originality value: The study adds to the debate on corporate environmental accountability practices engendering insights from the Nigerian oil and gas and cement industry. The paper demonstrates how companies in emerging economies can capture state regulations and how rendering environmental accountability becomes more of a rhetoric than a reality with little impacts on the welfare of people and society.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2042-1168
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Depositing User: BO Ogundele
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 13:16
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 05:16

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