Corporate Social Responsibility: The Reporting and Assurance Dimension

David L. Owen, Brendan O'Dwyer

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    The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the development of corporate social and environmental reporting practice since it first began to achieve some degree of prominence on an international scale in the 1970s, before offering a critical evaluation of the state of current practice. This article focuses on the contribution of present day reporting, and associated assurance, initiatives made towards enhancing the transparency of corporate social and environmental impact, together with delivering enhanced levels of accountability to organizational stakeholders. A large part of this article draws on research in social and environmental accounting within the field of interdisciplinary accounting research. This research field has a thirty-five-year history and has developed in parallel with certain streams of corporate social responsibility research in the management literature. For example, social and environmental accounting research embraces both normative concerns with fulfilling obligations and duties to the wider society.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility
    EditorsAndrew Crane, Dirk Matten, Abagail McWilliams, Jeremy Moon, Donald S. Siegel
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191576997
    ISBN (Print)9780199211593
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameOxford handbooks


    • Environmental impact
    • Environmental reporting
    • Interdisciplinary accounting research
    • Organizational stakeholders
    • Present day reporting


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