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Corporate Environmental Reporting in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Literature Review and Suggestions for Further Research

Mumbi Maria Wachira (Strathmore University, Kenya)
David Mutua Mathuva (Strathmore University Business School, Kenya)

Environmental Sustainability and Agenda 2030

ISBN: 978-1-80262-880-7, eISBN: 978-1-80262-879-1

Publication date: 28 March 2022


Over the last few decades, corporate environmental reporting (CER) has received substantial attention due to complex societal and ecological challenges experienced at a global scale. While there has been growth in CER research across the world, we know very little of the state of CER research in Africa. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive literature review of CER in sub-Saharan Africa to demonstrate its current state, uncover gaps in extant studies and identify areas for further research in the region. We perform a metasearch on the Financial Times Top 50 journals in addition to wider analyses using African Journals Online (AJOL) and Google Scholar between 2008 and 2020. Though there is some progress in interrogating CER in the region, there is much leeway for further research into how public and private corporations provide an account for their interaction with nature. Extant studies have examined how CER is often subsumed within corporate social responsibility initiatives while other studies explore ways in which CER can provide accountability mechanisms in the mining sector of select countries. Important areas of future research include the influences of legal, cultural and political systems on the level of CER, the tensions between economic development driven by multinational corporations and the necessity for ecological protection. Finally, further research could investigate the role CER can play in encouraging specific corporate disclosures around GHG emissions, especially given global efforts being undertaken to mitigate the effects of climate change.



Wachira, M.M. and Mathuva, D.M. (2022), "Corporate Environmental Reporting in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Literature Review and Suggestions for Further Research", Tauringana, V. and Moses, O. (Ed.) Environmental Sustainability and Agenda 2030 (Advances in Environmental Accounting & Management, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 159-182.



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