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An investigation of the corporate responsibility report assurance statements of the Big Four banks in Australia

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  • Choon-Yin SAM
  • Paul N. C. TIONG

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Abstract

The corporate responsibility report demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to sustainability. Currently, not much is known about the quality of the assurance statements of the corporate responsibility reports of banks in Australia. This research study fills the gap in the literature by investigating the corporate responsibility report assurance statements of the Big Four banks in Australia. The assurance statements are evaluated against the criteria provided by O’Dwyer and Owen (2005) and Perego and Kolk (2012). The results reveal that although the assurance statements, on average, meet the criteria highly, there are areas that need improvement.

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  • Choon-Yin SAM & Paul N. C. TIONG, 2015. "An investigation of the corporate responsibility report assurance statements of the Big Four banks in Australia," Journal of Economics Library, KSP Journals, vol. 2(1), pages 3-14, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ksp:journ5:v:2:y:2015:i:1:p:3-14
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    Keywords

    Assurance; Bank; AA1000AS; ASAE 3000; ISAE 3000;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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