Absence of corporate social reporting (CSR) in Bangladesh: a research note

Ataur R. Belal, Stuart M. Cooper

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This paper aims to broaden the present CSR literature by extending its focus to the absence of CSR within a developing country, an area which, to date, is relatively under researched in comparison to the more widely studied presence of CSR within developed Western countries. In particular this paper concentrates upon the lack of disclosure on three particular eco-justice issues: child labour, equal opportunities and poverty alleviation. We critically examine why this is the case and thereby illuminate underlying motives behind corporate unwillingness to address these issues. For this purpose, 23 semi-structured interviews were undertaken with senior corporate managers in Bangladesh. The findings suggest that the main reasons for non-disclosure include lack of legal requirements, lack of knowledge/awareness, poor performance and fear of bad publicity. Given these findings the paper raises some serious concerns as to why corporations would ever be expected to voluntarily report on eco-justice issues where performance is poor and negative publicity would be generated. These significant issues require careful consideration by policy makers at the national, regional and international levels.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2007
EventProceedings of 5th APIRA Conference - Auckland (NZ)
Duration: 8 Jul 200710 Jul 2007


ConferenceProceedings of 5th APIRA Conference
CityAuckland (NZ)


  • absence
  • CSR
  • eco-justice issues
  • Bangladesh


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