Corporate Governance: Factors Influencing Voluntary Disclosure by Publicly Traded Canadian Firms
Posted: 23 Dec 2002
We report on the comprehensiveness of voluntary corporate governance disclosures in the annual reports and management information circulars of Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) firms. We focus on disclosure of the corporate governance practices implemented by our sample of TSE 300 firms vis-a-vis the 14 guidelines set out in the TSE's report on corporate governance "Where Were the Directors?" Our analysis indicates that only a very few firms disclose that they have fully implemented the TSE guidelines, and that the extent of disclosure of corporate governance practices implemented varies widely among the firms. We then test factors associated with the comprehensiveness of such disclosures and the choice of disclosure medium using simultaneous equations multivariate analysis. We also assess the influence of publicized corporate governance failures on disclosure. Overall, our results suggest that the choices of disclosure medium and the extent of disclosure are made concurrently, and are influenced by the strategic considerations of management.
Keywords: corporate governance, Canadian, disclosure management, corporate governance failures
JEL Classification: G28, G34, M41, M45
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