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Examining CSR Reporting and Economic Crisis a Study of GRI Reporting Companies


  • Calderon Huerta Mario Rodolfo

    (School of Asia Pacific Studies Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.)


This paper explores the relationship between CSR Reporting and the last global economic crisis that started in the late half of the year 2007. The sample of the study is composed of companies included in the \"GRI Report list 1999-2011\", more specifically 2790 companies that published CSR reports during the period 2007-2011. One-way repeated measures ANOVA testing on three factors (Report Type, Application Level and Report Status) revealed that transparency and quality of the reports decreased during the years 2007, 2008 and 2011, years that have been linked with the economic crisis or economic uncertainty. Therefore, this paper supports the need to maintain Ethical and Sustainability standards during economic crisis and concludes that more than a threat, Corporations and Society in general, should approach this as an opportunity period to improve CSR-Reporting, a period in which the need for Ethic behavior and Corporate Social Responsibility is greater.

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  • Calderon Huerta Mario Rodolfo, 2012. "Examining CSR Reporting and Economic Crisis a Study of GRI Reporting Companies," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 2(1), pages 30-39, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:asi:aeafrj:2012:p:30-39

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    1. Dra. Belén Fernández-Feijóo Souto, 2009. "Crisis and Corporate Social Responsibility: Threat or Opportunity?," International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research (IJBESAR), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMATTECH), Kavala, Greece, vol. 2(1), pages 36-50, June.
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