Perceptions of GRI Reporting Guidelines

By Hank I-Hsiang Lin, Otto Chang and Chunchia (Amy) Chang.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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One of the major efforts in sustainability management is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Since its inception in 2000, the initiative has evolved several times in responding to the call by stakeholders for higher standards in sustainability reporting. The literature provides very little information regarding whether the initiative meets the expectations of the stakeholders and how sustainability is perceived by the stakeholders. This paper surveyed and examined the perception of GRI reporting guidelines by the preparers and a specific group of users, the financial analysts. We found that both preparers and users consider GRI reports as useful and relevant, and we did not identify a significant difference between the perceptions of the two groups. The convergence of their perceptions is encouraging because it represents an agreement on the relevance of the GRI Guidelines and its potential for mandatory disclosure.

Keywords: Sustainability Report, Global Reporting Initiative, Corporate Social Responsibility

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 4, February 2015, pp.35-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 461.854KB).

Dr. Hank I-Hsiang Lin

Lecturer, International college, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China

Dr. Otto Chang

Dean, Doermer School of Business, Indiana University, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Chunchia (Amy) Chang

Associate Professor, Accounting Department/ College of Business, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

Chun-Chia (Amy) Chang is an associate professor at San Francisco State University. Her research interest is in financial reporting with specific emphasis on issues relating to quality of financial reports, earnings management, earnings quality, and corporate governance.