Perceptions of corporate social and environmental accounting and reporting practices from accountants in Bangladesh

Muhaamad Islam, Steven Dellaportas

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Abstract

Purpose - The aim of this study is to elicit accountants' perceptions regarding corporate social and environmental accounting and reporting practices in a developing country such as Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach - Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) were surveyed to determine their perceptions on issues pertaining to social and environmental accounting and reporting practices in Bangladesh. Findings - Whilst the findings show that accountants have positive attitudes toward corporate social and environmental accounting, progress is limited, with the absence of ICAB in making any noticeable effort to develop such practices. Research implications - Unlike prior studies, the implications of this study suggest that without international influence, it is less likely that institutional forces in Bangladesh (ICAB and the government) would be effective in dealing with social and environmental accounting and reporting issues. Originality/value - While prior studies advocate proactive roles of the accounting profession, this study argues that proactive roles are less likely to prevail in the context of Bangladesh without direct intervention from institutional and regulatory authorities in the international arena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-664
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Responsibility Journal
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accounting
  • Bangladesh
  • Chartered accountants
  • Corporate social and environmental accounting practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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