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Environmental engagements through the lens of disclosure practices: A Malaysian story

Haslinda Yusoff (School of Commerce, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Glen Lehman (School of Commerce, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Noraini Mohd Nasir (Faculty of Accountancy, University Technology MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)

Asian Review of Accounting

ISSN: 1321-7348

Article publication date: 1 March 2006




The objective of this paper is to examine environmental disclosure practices among Malaysian public‐listed companies in an attempt to interpret corporate motivations for their environmental engagements and commitments.


This paper investigates corporate motivations using content analysis by examining the corporate annual reports. Discourse analysis was used to analyse and then interpret the environmental information. In particular, the reasons that have inspired companies in Malaysia to engage in environmental matters are the focus of the research.


The results revealed high levels of information in environmental disclosures concerning current environmental engagements and future environmental plans/strategies. The environmental information was found to contain messages that revealed the corporate motives of certain environmental engagements. Three key motivating factors were found to be: “stakeholders' concern”, “self‐environmental concern” and “operational improvements”.

Research limitations/implications

The paper advocates interpretation of the discourse of environmental information to determine the comprehensive scope on corporate environmental reporting.


Disclosure practices (through the use of language) are utilised by business corporations to articulate messages concerning their environmental engagements and the motives behind such engagements. Furthermore, the paper offers some insights into current environmental reporting practices in a developing country.



Yusoff, H., Lehman, G. and Mohd Nasir, N. (2006), "Environmental engagements through the lens of disclosure practices: A Malaysian story", Asian Review of Accounting, Vol. 14 No. 1/2, pp. 122-148.



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