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Influence of Sustainability Reporting Regulation on Swedish Financial Companies: – An Institutional Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The field of sustainability reporting has been studied for a number of decades but how companies respond to sustainability reporting regulations is still understudied. To lessen the gap, this thesis uses an institutional perspective to analyze how Swedish financial companies respond to the new regulation demanding all larger companies to disclose a sustainability report. The thesis takes a qualitative approach by conducting interviews at seven companies to investigate how institutional elements influences their sustainability disclosure processes. Findings show that the content of the reports is not largely affected due to normative elements providing a higher standard than the regulation demands. The reason for this can to a large extent be explained by the use of accepted frameworks which acts as the norm. The thesis also finds that though the content is not largely affected, the regulation affects the internal processes, requiring companies to examine and evaluate their existing sustainability agendas. The findings provide a complement to existing research that to a large degree consists of quantitative research as it illuminates how companies view their sustainability report and the reasoning for disclosing it. The influence of regulation on sustainability reporting is still an understudied subject and more research is needed to address this gap.

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2018. , p. 53
Keywords [en]
Sustainability reporting, Mandatory reporting, Voluntary reporting, Institutional theory, Regulation, Financial companies, GRI
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355534OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-355534DiVA, id: diva2:1229535
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Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
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Available from: 2018-07-02 Created: 2018-06-30 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved

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