Sustainability Reporting and Financial Performance of Malaysian Public Listed Companies

Kasbun, Nur Fatin and Boon Heng, Teh and Tze San, Ong (2016) Sustainability Reporting and Financial Performance of Malaysian Public Listed Companies. Institutions and Economies, 8 (4). pp. 78-93. ISSN 2232-1349

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Abstract

Sustainability reporting has become increasingly common in recent years for companies across the globe. It is seen as an approach that can integrate and balance the performance of a businessÂ’ economic, environmental and social dimensions. The main issue now is not solely about complying with the mandatory rules or ensuring the companyÂ’s reputations, but sustainability to promote efficiency in business and improve productivity. Although sustainability reporting is not a new concept, its implementation is still unsystematic. Management, it appears, is not convinced on the importance of sustainability reporting due to high costs and difficulty of measurements. These have resulted in ignorance, negligence and unsystematic nature of economic, social and environmental reportage on sustainability in Malaysia. Reporting percentage in Malaysia remains very low despite it being ranked the highest in Southeast Asia. Despite the rise in the sustainability reporting globally, there is limited academic research on sustainability reporting in Malaysia while conventional accounting practices somewhat reduced the need for sustainability reporting. This research investigates the relationship between sustainability reporting and financial performance of Malaysian Public Listed Companies. In the summary of findings, the regression results suggest that economic, social and environmental sustainability reporting is positively associated with financial performance measured using Return on Assets and Return on Equity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic disclosures, environmental disclosures, return on assets, return on equity, social disclosures, sustainability reporting, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 04:37
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2017 04:37
URI: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/6458

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