Board independence and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting in Malaysia

Ahmad, Nurulyasmin Binti Ju ; Rashid, Afzalur ; Gow, Jeff (2017)

CITATION: Ahmad, N. B. J., Rashid, A. & Gow, J. 2017. Board independence and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting in Malaysia. Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal, 11(2):61-85, doi:10.14453/aabfj.v11i2.5.

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This study aims to examine the influence of board independence on corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting by publicly listed companies in Malaysia. Content analysis was used to determine the extent of CSR reporting. A reporting index consisting of 51 items was developed based on six themes: General, Community, Environment, Human Resources, Marketplace and Other. An Ordinary Least Square (OLS) regression was used to examine the relationship between board independence and firm CSR reporting. The results indicate that the association between board independence and company CSR reporting is industry specific. Overall, the empirical evidence partially supports agency theory.

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