School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

Exploring Sustainability Practices and Reporting: A Case Study of an Irish Private Company

Project Description

The project involves an in-depth examination of a family-owned company’s engagement with sustainability. This project studies a large Irish company, Musgrave Ltd, which has been engaged in sustainability practices and reporting since the late 1990s. It considers the impact of family ownership on the attitudes of senior managers to sustainability issues and reporting, and the interrelationship between ownership, organizational culture and the sustainability process.

Expected Outcomes

Exploration and theorization of the motivation for and evolution of a sustainability reporting process in a family firm that is a leader in sustainability reporting in Ireland.


Longitudinal case study drawing on extensive documentary analysis and in-depth interviews with managers and family members in the company studied.


Rebecca Maughan (Doctoral Researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology)

Brendan O'Dwyer (Professor of Accounting at the University of Amsterdam)