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Intressentengagemang i hållbarhetsredovisningar: En studie av tre företag
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Sustainable development
Sustainable Development/Sustainability is used as a subject keyword for the thesis
Alternative title
Stakeholder engagement in sustainability reports : A study about three companies (English)
Abstract [sv]

Tidigare forskning diskuterar utvecklingen av hållbarhetsredovisningar och hur intressenter på olika sätt engageras i utvecklingen samt innehållet i redovisningen. Det diskuteras även kring betydelsen av intressenters påverkan. Freemans (1984) definition av intressentbegreppet ligger till grund för tidigare forsknings utveckling inom ämnet. Intressentbegreppet är brett och olika forskare har olika definitioner, detta har lett till att begreppet problematiserats.Syftet med studien är att lyfta fram hur hållbarhetsredovisningar förändrats över tid och hur företag engagerar sina intressenter i redovisningarna. Resultatet ska bidra till ökad kunskap om företags sätt att engagera sina intressenter i sina hållbarhetsredovisningar. För att besvara syftet och forskningsfrågorna har vi använt oss av en innehållsanalys där vi analyserat information från hållbarhetsredovisningar och hemsidor samt en ordanalys.Studien omfattar tre olika företags hållbarhetsredovisningar från 2008 och 2013 och information från deras hemsidor som behandlar intressenter och deras hållbarhetsarbete. Den innefattar även GRIs riktlinjer som ligger till grund till företagens hållbarhetsredovisningar. Resultatet visar att två av företagen som ingår i studien har utvecklat sin kommunikation med sina intressenter under de analyserade åren, detta blir tydligt genom antalet gånger deras olika intressentgrupper framkommer i ordanalysen i 2008 respektive 2013 års redovisningar. Företagen har identifierat sina intressenter i sina hållbarhetsredovisningar på olika sätt och även förklarat hur de engagerar dem i sitt hållbarhetsarbete.

Abstract [en]

Former research discusses the development of sustainability reporting and the way stakeholders are being engaged in the development and the content of the reports. The importance of stakeholders influence is also discussed. Freeman´s (1984) definition of the stakeholder concept sets the foundation for former research within the subject. The stakeholder concept is broad and different researchers define the concept differently, which results in a problematization of the concept.The purpose of this study is to enhance the development of sustainability reporting over time and how companies engage their stakeholders in the reports. The result will contribute to higher knowledge about the company’s ways to engage their stakeholders in their sustainability reports. To answer our purpose and research questions we´ve used a content analysis where we analyzed information from sustainability reports, websites and carried out a word analysis.The study includes three different companies’ sustainability reports from 2008 and 2013 and information from their websites which includes stakeholders and their sustainability work. The study also includes GRI´s guidelines which sets the foundation for the company’s sustainability reports. The result shows that two of the companies that are included in the study have developed their communication with their stakeholders during the years that were analyzed. This becomes clear by the amount of times their different stakeholder groups are mentioned through a word analysis in the reports from 2008 and 2013. The companies have identified their stakeholders in their sustainability reports in different ways and also described how they engage them in their sustainability work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
stakeholder, sustainability report, stakeholder engagement, stakeholder theory
Keyword [sv]
Intressent, hållbarhetsredovisning, intressentengagemang, intressentteorin
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Social Sciences Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-560OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-560DiVA: diva2:843336
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Företagsekonomi - Civilekonom
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Technology
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Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-07-28 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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