hh.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Vad förklarar innehåll i företags hållbarhetsredovisningar?
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Hållbarhetsredovisning bland företag har ökat markant de senaste åren. Organisationen GlobalReporting Initiative påbörjade 1997 arbetet med att ta fram riktlinjer för företags hållbarhetsredovisning.Nu, drygt ett decennium senare, har dessa riktlinjer fått stor acceptans bland företag och dess intressenter. Företag har fått ett betydelsefullt verktyg att använda i sin rapportering av det hållbarhetsarbete som utförs. Tidigare forskning inom närliggande ämnen, till exempel Corporate Social Responsibility och frivilliga upplysningar, har visat variationer i företags redovisning av icke-finansiell information. Med GRI-riktlinjernas ökning i popularitet ville vi undersöka vad som påverkar innehåll i rapporter framtagna enbart enligt detta regelverk. Sex olika faktorer härledda från teorier och tidigare forskning testades genom hypotesprövning. Tre av dessa – storlek, bransch och lönsamhet – förekommer frekvent i tidigare forskning. Vi valde dessutom att titta på faktorer som förekommer i mer begränsad omfattning. Dessa faktorer är ägaridentitet, externgranskning och tid. Hållbarhetsredovisningar för 2008 från 80 svenska företag analyserades. Av dessa företag var 38 statligt ägda och 42 var privatägda. Med hjälp av en bedömningsmall baserad på tidigare studier, analyserades innehållet i hållbarhetsredovisningarna i tre dimensioner, generell dimension, social dimension och miljödimension. En fjärde dimension användes även, den totala dimensionen, som är en summering av de tre. För varje dimension bedömdes och poängsattes ett visst antal mätfaktorer. För den sociala dimensionen och miljödimensionen gjordes dessutom en bedömning av omfattningen enligt bestämda kriterier. Med hjälp av statistisk bearbetning gjordes en multipel regressionsanalys där de sex förklarande variablerna testades mot varje dimension av innehållet i hållbarhetsredovisningen. Resultatet av analysen visade att variablerna storlek, bransch och tid påverkar innehållet mest, i tre eller fler av dimensionerna. Lönsamhet och externgranskning visade en signifikant påverkan på innehåll avseende den generella dimensionen. Ägaridentitet visade inget signifikant samband med innehåll, dock kunde en tendens ses att statliga bolag redovisar mindre än privata.

Abstract [en]

Sustainability reporting has become increasingly popular among companies in recent years. The Global Reporting Initiative started to develop guidelines to support companies in their sustainability reporting practice in 1997. Now, a decade later, these guidelines have begun to reach great acceptance among companies and their stakeholders. Companies have been given a useful tool in their reporting of sustainability issues. Previous research in nearby subjects, such as Corporate Social Responsibility and voluntary disclosures, has shown variation between companies’ reports of non-financial disclosures. With the increase in popularity of the GRI-guidelines we wanted to examine what explains content in reports based only on this framework. Six independent variables, derived from theories and previous research, were tried in hypothesis testing. Three of these variables –size, industry and profitability – have commonly been used in previous research. We also chose to look at factors that have had somewhat more limited use in studies. These variables are owner identity, external audit and time. The 2008 sustainability reports from 80 Swedish companies were analyzed whereof 38 were state owned and 42 privately owned. By using a modified assessment chart, based on earlier studies, content of the reports were analyzed into three different dimensions of sustainability, the general dimension, the social dimension and the environmental dimension. A fourth dimension was also used, the total dimension, that summarizes the results from the other three. Each dimension contained a number of measure values that were individually scored. The social and environmental dimensions were also assessed, using specific criteria, according to the extent of information that was reported. With the help of statistical testing, multiple regression analysis was performed where the six independent variables were tested towards each dimension of sustainability reporting. The results showed that size, industry and time had the strongest explanatory effect in three or more of the dimensions. Profitability and external audit showed a significant positive relationship for the content in sustainability reports of the general dimension. There was no significant relationship between owner identity and content, although a tendency could be seen that state owned companies report less than privately owned companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 57 p.
Keyword [sv]
GRI, Global Reporting Initiativ, G3, hållbarhetsredovisning, hållbarhetsrapport, icke finansiell redovisning
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4983DiVA: diva2:328998
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2010-07-07 Created: 2010-06-23 Last updated: 2010-07-07Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(339 kB)498 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 339 kBChecksum SHA-512
f921ef26dd5131324ce5b074ee7f0ca3a9f90b8292294d974831b1934893a4bb6e756ce2f28b574de4c6596bcb7a5279a3d809f3fee06b75a369afcbac44b9b4
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
School of Business and Engineering (SET)
Business Administration

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 498 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 550 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf