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Estimating Corporate Contributions towards Sustainability at the Aggregate Level of a Sector, Region or an Industry
* 1 , 2 , 3
1  MTT Agrifood Research Finland, FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland
2  School of Business, Aalto University, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
3  University of Helsinki, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland

Published: 02 October 2012 by MDPI in The 2nd World Sustainability Forum session Environmental Sustainability
Abstract: This study presents a systematic method for assessing aggregate sustainability of firms at sector, region or industry level. The proposed method is based on the generalized sustainable value; it allows to aggregate data of individual firms to any group of firms in a specific sector, specialization, region, or any other group. The method is illustrated by two empirical applications of the Finnish crop and dairy sectors, where the benchmark technology is estimated by data envelopment analysis. Our efficiency assessment shows that the representative crop farm achieves only about a half of its potential output. Efficiency of the representative dairy farm is somewhat higher.
Keywords: sustainability assessment, sustainable value, efficiency analysis