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Corporate environmental disclosure practices in India

Mitali Sen (Department of Management Studies, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India)
Kuhali Mukherjee (Department of Management Studies, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India)
J.K. Pattanayak (Department of Management Studies, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India)

Journal of Applied Accounting Research

ISSN: 0967-5426

Article publication date: 13 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the existing status of environmental disclosure practices in Indian core sector companies.

Design/methodology/approach

Waste disposal costs and other environmental liability costs are crucial information to be disclosed by core sector companies as they have direct impact on the environment. A content analysis of the annual reports of select core sector companies across four industries, viz. Oil and petrochemicals, Mining and minerals, Steel and Cement, has been undertaken to study the extent and nature of their environmental disclosures in their annual reports for 2007‐2008.

Findings

The study shows that the level of disclosure of environmental information varies across industries as well as companies and the information revealed in the annual reports is found to be more qualitative than quantitative.

Practical implications

The disclosure made by the core sector companies does not adequately cover the informational needs of stakeholders. However, the increasing disclosure trends can be considered as a first step toward improved environmental disclosure. The study therefore supports the need for a suitable framework for environmental disclosure, such that all the stakeholders can use it as credible information.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature by evaluating voluntary environmental disclosures made by Indian core sector companies in their annual report. Further work based on this preliminary finding may be done to assess the status of environmental disclosure for a larger sample of Indian core sector companies.

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Citation

Sen, M., Mukherjee, K. and Pattanayak, J.K. (2011), "Corporate environmental disclosure practices in India", Journal of Applied Accounting Research, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 139-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/09675421111160709

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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