Posted on 17/08/2011
Lutz Preuss (right) with Ralf Barkemeyer
Dr Lutz Preuss, together with his co-author Dr Ralf Barkemeyer of the University of Leeds, have been declared runners-up for the Carolyn Dexter Award at this year's Academy of Management meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The Dexter Award is given to papers that best meet the objective of internationalising the Academy.
The paper by Dr Preuss and Dr Barkemeyer discusses global differences in priorities for corporate sustainability reporting. Analysing corporate reports according to the GRI G3 framework developed by the Global Reporting Initiative, the authors found a huge increase in engagement with sustainability reporting by firms from emerging economies, in particular Asian ones.
"This is an rather unexpected result", Dr Preuss says, "and we have to leave open at this stage whether emerging economy firms have indeed become shining examples of corporate citizens, or whether European and North American firms are more realistic when they decide what range of indicators they report on, knowing after all that their reporting is more likely to be checked by a critical civil society."