Corporate Environmental Disclosure, Corporate Governance and Earnings Management

Nan Sun, Aly Salama, Khaled Hussainey, Murya Habbash

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to examine the association between corporate environmental disclosure (CED) and earnings management (EM) and the impact of corporate governance (CG) mechanisms on that association.

Design/methodology/approach
The paper uses performance‐matched discretionary accruals (DA) as a measure of EM. The paper also uses ordinary least square regression with robust standard errors to examine the association between CED and EM for a sample of 245 UK non‐financial firms for the financial year ended on March 2007. Three different theoretical frameworks are used to identify the expected association between CER and EM. These include: signalling, agency and stakeholder‐legitimacy theories.

Findings
The paper finds no significant statistical association between various measures of DA and environmental disclosure. The paper also finds that some CG attributes affect the relationship between CER and EM.

Practical implications
The result suggests that UK corporate managers are not using environmental disclosure as a technique to reduce the probability that public policy actions will be taken against their companies.

Originality/value
Since most empirical research is limited to the US setting, this paper provides a novel contribution to the existing literature, as one of the first to examine this issue in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-700
JournalManagerial Auditing Journal
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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