Social responsibility-related governance disclosure: exploration of managerial perspective in a developing country

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Kamal, Y. 2021. Social responsibility-related governance disclosure: exploration of managerial perspective in a developing country. Pacific Accounting Review. 33 (4). https://doi.org/10.1108/par-08-2020-0105
AuthorsKamal, Y.
Abstract

This study aims to explore corporate managers’ perspectives regarding the disclosure (non-disclosure) of social- and environment-related governance information. Insights into corporate managers’ perspectives are explored by conducting in-depth personal interviews with senior corporate executives of textile and garment companies in Bangladesh. This study establishes that the use of traditional media, such as corporate annual reports, for corporate social responsibility (CSR)-related governance information disclosure can be limited in particular situations, including the case of garment companies, wherein the provision of extensive governance information is necessary, and the information users find special purpose reports, e.g. social audit reports, more comprehensive, credible, and beneficial than annual reports. The results reveal that corporate managers of Bangladeshi supply companies are motivated by financial returns, and they aspire to ensure that buyers (powerful stakeholders) obtain the required CSR-related governance information; this is neither driven by corporate accountability nor transparency. Upon using the managerial branch of the stakeholder theory, the result of this study shows that corporate managers are influenced by powerful stakeholders when they make decisions vis-à-vis the provision of CSR-related governance information. This study provides an implication for academics and practitioners toward understanding that corporate managers often provide substantive disclosures of CSR-related governance information through alternative media that have not been previously documented in the literature. Herein, a metaphor – veil – is used to illustrate the visibility gap between societal expectations and managers’ perspectives.

Keywordsmotivation ; Bangladesh ; societal expectations; societal expectations
Year2021
JournalPacific Accounting Review
Journal citation33 (4)
PublisherEmerald
ISSN0114-0582
0114-0582
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/par-08-2020-0105
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/par-08-2020-0105
Output statusPublished
Publication dates05 Jul 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Oct 2022
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