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Enhancing performance by disclosing more: some evidence from Japanese companies

Sriyalatha Kumarasinghe (Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Mitchell Will (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Yasuo Hoshino (Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan, and University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan)

Pacific Accounting Review

ISSN: 0114-0582

Article publication date: 5 February 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the value relevance of corporate social responsibility disclosures (CSRDs) in English language annual reports in Japanese companies. Based on the stakeholder theory framework, the long-term effects of CSRD on financial and market performance are examined. There is relatively little research dealing with actual CSR reporting in Japanese companies.

Design/methodology/approach

Using modified versions of those given by Ohlson (1995) and Ruf et al. (2001), six dimensions of CSRD based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines and three different measures of performance data are used to examine the relationship between CSRDs and performance in 101 dual-language-reporting Japanese firms.

Findings

The paper finds that the more a company discloses CSR on labour, human rights and product safety and health in the company’s annual report, the more it is rewarded with a higher level of financial and market performance.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first paper to provide evidence of the incremental value of GRI-based CSRD to both financial and market performance in companies with dual-language reporting in Japan, a country with a high tendency to follow the Western practice of CSRD.

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Citation

Kumarasinghe, S., Will, M. and Hoshino, Y. (2018), "Enhancing performance by disclosing more: some evidence from Japanese companies", Pacific Accounting Review, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 110-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/PAR-01-2016-0001

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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