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Corporate attributes affecting sustainability reporting: an Indian perspective

Aparna Bhatia (Department of Commerce and Business Management, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India)
Siya Tuli (Department of Commerce, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




This paper aims to examine the relationship between sustainability reporting by companies and selected corporate specific attributes. It also highlights that the scope of sustainability reporting differs from company to company and industry to industry.


Methodology is based on content analysis of 158 Indian companies selected from BSE 200. It uses multiple regression analysis to identify significant corporate attributes.


The analysis in this study reveals that companies with large size, older age, having multinational operations and belonging to Software, IT and ITES and Oil and Gas industry have significant sustainability disclosure. However, company’s profits, leverage, growth and advertising intensity are negatively related with the extent of sustainability disclosure. Other variables are found to be insignificant.

Research limitations/implications

As content analysis technique has been used for gathering sustainability information, subjective judgment involved in identifying and classifying the nature of reported sustainability information cannot be ruled out.


This study adds to the growing literature on international sustainability disclosure practices and their determinants. Hence, it has its implications for a number of interested groups as investors, accounting bodies, regulatory authorities, companies, government, stock exchanges, general public, academicians and researchers.


As an emerging trend, there are few empirical studies exploring the determinants of sustainability reporting. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this paper covers the impact of large number of corporate attributes in wholesome.



Bhatia, A. and Tuli, S. (2017), "Corporate attributes affecting sustainability reporting: an Indian perspective", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 59 No. 3, pp. 322-340.



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