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The influence of corporate governance practices on corporate social responsibility reporting

Afzalur Rashid (School of Commerce, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 5 March 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate if “corporate governance practices” have any influence on firm corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting by listed firms in Bangladesh.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a content analysis to examine specific corporate social responsibility (CSR)-related attributes from 101 publicly listed non-financial firms in Bangladesh. Using various attributes of social and environmental reporting, a disclosure index is also constructed.

Findings

The finding of this study is that corporate governance practices do not have any influence on firm CSR reporting. The findings, in particular, show that CSR disclosure by firms is not responsive to new corporate governance regulations.

Research limitations/implications

This study is subject to some limitations, such as the subjectivity or judgement associated in the coding process.

Practical implications

The implication of this study is that firm CSR practices are legitimization exercises and firms will not make increased disclosure due to regulator’s quest for institutionalisation of corporate governance practices.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature on the practices of CSR reporting in the context of developing countries following regulator’s quest for institutionalisation of corporate governance practices.

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Citation

Rashid, A. (2018), "The influence of corporate governance practices on corporate social responsibility reporting", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 20-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-05-2016-0080

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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