Corporate Attitudes Towards Corporate Social Disclosure and Accountability
This project examines specific aspects of corporate motivations for engaging in social reporting.
Empirical research investigating possible motivations for corporations to publish social and environmental disclosures has tended to focus on issues where there is likely to be a reasonable degree of consensus, among economically powerful stakeholders, regarding the moral acceptability of corporate behaviour. One part of this project seeks to develop theoretical insights by examining corporate attitudes towards social disclosures in an area where there is likely to be a strong polarity of moral attitudes among economically powerful stakeholders: that of sexual orientation. The other part of the project investigates how corporations employ the rhetoric of corporate social responsibility.
The project promises results in the following area:
- Development of insights into managerial motivations for social and environmental reporting and corporate social responsibility practices
Both parts of this project involve interviews with executives responsible for aspects of corporate social responsibility programmes at a number of large UK companies.