Economics and Business
ISSN 2775-9237 (Online)
Published: 13 July 2020
Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Empirical Evidence From Ghana
Mavis Pobbi, Emmanuel Atta Anaman, Richmond Sam Quarm
University of Education, Ghana
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Keywords: Akoben Rating Programme, Brundtland Commission, Non-Financial Information, Sustainable Development, Sustainability Reporting
Global concerns have over the years, been raised over the impact that business operations have on the environment. In response to these growing concerns, companies have begun to provide comprehensive disclosures on the environmental and social impact of their business operations. In this study, we sought to review the trends in disclosure practices as well as examine the extent to which companies are complying with the sustainability reporting guidelines in Ghana. The contextual data from the Akoben special audit on industrial operations supplemented with face-to-face interviews with important stakeholder groups served as the main data source for the study. The findings of this study showed that, even though the general trend in the environmental disclosures has increased over-time, the overall performance ratings of business operations did not meet the standards required for environmental disclosures. Based on the findings, we recommend that in the design and implementation of the rating programme, a broad consultation and active participation of all stakeholder groups must be encouraged to ensure the effectiveness of the programme. Additionally, the regulatory institutions need to be adequately resource by the government in order to strengthen their enforcement and monitoring roles.
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