An exploration of the absence of corporate social reporting (CSR) in Bangladesh

Ataur Belal, Stuart Cooper

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This paper aims to broaden the present CSR literature by examining the absence of CSR within the context of a developing country. This is an area which to date is relatively under researched in comparison to the more
widely studied presence of CSR within developed Western countries.
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 and lack of knowledge/awareness. The other reasons mentioned are lack of resources, poor
performance and fear of bad publicity and inherent dangers in additional disclosures. The paper has raised some serious public policy concerns by exploring the underlying motives for absence of CSR in general and some eco-justice issues in particular (e.g. child labour, equal opportunities and poverty alleviation).
These significant issues require careful consideration by the policy makers at the national, regional and international levels.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)1-85449-658-1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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NameAston Business School research papers
PublisherAston University

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  • Absence
  • Bangladesh
  • Eco-justice issues
  • CSR;


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