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Early mover advantage in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification: a panel evidence of plantation companies


Tey, Yeong Sheng and Brindal, Mark and Darham, Suryani and Sidique, Shaufique Fahmi and Djama, Marcel (2020) Early mover advantage in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification: a panel evidence of plantation companies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 252. art. no. 119775. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0959-6526; ESSN: 1879-1786


The adoption of sustainable palm oil standards remains voluntary. It is unclear whether early adopters achieve better financial performance than those who lag in adopting. This study examines how the profitability, in terms of the return on invested capital (ROIC) of plantation companies is impacted by the entry order of the adoption of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) sustainability standard. Based on the 2000–2016 panel data of the 39 plantation companies listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, this study has demonstrated profitability as being influenced by the timing of entry (adoption), related resource allocation, business efficiency, and the price of crude palm oil. Since early adopters (plantation companies) realised a positive relationship with ROIC, the presence of an early mover advantage can be hypothesised. This positional advantage is likely to yield both operating and capital efficiencies, such as those predicated in the good management practices of the RSPO standard. This finding is useful as a motivational strategy to augment the acceptance of international palm oil standards among plantation companies, which are often a nucleus to smallholders. The implications for firms adopting other sustainability standards are also discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119775
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Financial advantage; Roundtable on sustainable palm oil; Early mover; Plantation company
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 07:53
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 01:34
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/88545
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