The Determinants of Materiality Disclosure in Integrated Corporate Disclosure
23 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2014
Date Written: December 1, 2013
The aim of this study is to test what drives the way in which companies disclose materiality in their Integrated Reports (IRs). Materiality is one of the main themes (and challenges) in the IR discourse, and it will probably play a central role in the actual success of the International Integrated Reporting Council framework. Companies managing to actually implement the materiality principle, will produce IRs which are concise and able to provide relevant information on the future performance of the company. Otherwise, IR will probably fail to meet the high expectations several stakeholders have toward it. Our results shows that materiality disclosure is not company-specific but it is rather industry-induced, thus providing support of the stream of literature indicating industry as the main driver of company voluntary disclosure.
Keywords: materiality, integrated report, accounting
JEL Classification: M41
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