Sambandet mellan hållbarhetsredovisningens omfattning och företags hållbarhetsutveckling : En studie av svenska privatägda företag
Title: Linking the Intent of Sustainability Reports to Sustainable Development.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the link between the extent of sustainability reporting and sustainable development among Swedish companies. Method: The study uses a quantitative method where data is collected among 28 companies from annual – and sustainability reports. This data is later compiled and creates the foundation for the qualitative part that holds an extensive analysis. Result & Conclusions: The conclusion of the study is that sustainability reporting alone does not lead to positive sustainable development. Although, we could see that extensive sustainability reporting is connected to sustainable development and shows signs of managerial leadership. Simultaneously, the study shows tendencies of symbolic management at companies with a negative sustainable development,. The study therefore shows a relation between sustainable development and the extent of sustainability reporting. Suggestions for Future Research: Further studies could include more parameters in the calculations of SV. We recommend that further studies also take new technologies into account when calculating SV because it can have impact on the result. It could also be interesting to see the same study made on a wider set of companies to further prove the impact of sustainability reporting on sustainable development. Contribution of the Thesis: The study contributes to improved understanding of the relation between the extent of sustainability reporting and sustainable development, and thus contributes to the understanding of why companies present their sustainability reports the way they do. Keywords: Sustainability, sustainability reporting, sustainable development, environment, relation
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