Have labour and human rights disclosures enhanced corporate accountability?

Sepideh Parsa, Ian Ropder, Michael Müller-Camen, Eva Szigetvari

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Abstract

This paper critically evaluates Transnational Corporations’ (TNCs) claimed adherence to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s ‘labour’ and ‘human rights’ reporting guidelines and examines how successful the GRI has been in enhancing comparability and transparency. We found limited evidence of TNCs discharging their accountability to their workforce and, rather, we found evidence to suggest that disclosure was motivated more by enhancing their legitimacy. TNCs failed to adhere to the guidelines, which meant that material information items were often missing, rendering comparability of information meaningless. Instead, TNCs reported large volumes of generic/anecdotal information without acknowledging the impediments they faced in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47 - 64
JournalAccounting Forum
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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