Sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement in spain: Different instruments, different quality

Silvia Romero, Silvia Ruiz, Belen Fernandez‐Feijoo

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to compare the quality of the sustainability information issued following the three most common reporting models: annual report (addressed to shareholders), sustainability report (addressed to stakeholders), and integrated report (addressed to shareholders). To this aim, we create a quality index based on previous literature, analyzing the content of the sustainability information disclosed by Spanish listed companies during the years 2013 to 2015. We find that companies issuing sustainability reports or integrated reports provide higher quality information than companies including their sustainability information within the annual report. We also find that sustainability reports are issued with higher quality than integrated reports. Both findings indicate that companies in Spain are engaged in a dialogue with all stakeholders, not only shareholders. Our results offer insights on the need to improve the framework of the integrated report in order to achieve the objectives of the International Integrated Reporting Council and to get a speed up in the adoption of this new reporting tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-232
Number of pages12
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Content analysis
  • Integrated report
  • Quality
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Stand‐alone report
  • Sustainability report

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