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Environmental Reporting of Global Corporations: A Content Analysis based on Website Disclosures

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  • Anita Jose

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  • Shang-Mei Lee

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Today, more corporations disclose information about their environmental performance in response to stakeholder demands of environmental responsibility and accountability. What information do corporations disclose on their websites? This paper investigates the environmental management policies and practices of the 200 largest corporations in the world. Based on a content analysis of the environmental reports of Fortune’s Global 200 companies, this research analyzes the content of corporate environmental disclosures with respect to the following seven areas: environmental planning considerations, top management support to the institutionalization of environmental concerns, environmental structures and organizing specifics, environmental leadership activities, environmental control, external validations or certifications of environmental programs, and forms of corporate environmental disclosures. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

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  • Anita Jose & Shang-Mei Lee, 2007. "Environmental Reporting of Global Corporations: A Content Analysis based on Website Disclosures," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 72(4), pages 307-321, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:72:y:2007:i:4:p:307-321
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9172-8
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