Does a Higher Degree and Higher Cost of Leverage Worsen Corporate Environmental Performance?

The increasing global focus on environmental investments raises concern about the relationship between a firm’s cost of capital and its corporate environmental (ESG) performance. However, there is little research on the topic. The previous literature on corporate finance has found that capital constraints play a role in companies’ investment decisions. This article contributes to the existing corporate finance literature by looking at the impact of the cost of corporate debt and the degree of leverage on corporate environmental performance (CEP).