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Communicating Sustainability: A Web Content Analysis of North American, European and Asian Firms

Gill, Donna L. and Dickinson, Sonja J. and Scharl, Arno (2008) Communicating Sustainability: A Web Content Analysis of North American, European and Asian Firms. Journal of Communication Management, 12 (3). pp. 243-262.

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Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of this research is to determine firms' sustainability efforts through triple bottom line reporting on the World Wide Web. Sustainability reporting can assist in brand differentiation to stakeholder groups and ultimately lead to a positive corporate reputation. Method. Automated web content analysis was used to determine and differentiate 39 oil and gas firms' reporting of economic, social and environmental disclosures across Europe, North America and Asia. Firms were benchmarked for their disclosures against key terms derived from the Global Reporting Initiative. Findings. North American firms disclose the greatest amount of TBL information for both environmental and economic indicators. European firms are the most prevalent reporters of social indicators. Asian firms displayed the most positive bias to their sustainability reporting.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
ID Code:93
Deposited By: Prof Dr Arno Scharl
Deposited On:27 May 2016 13:09
Last Modified:27 May 2016 13:09

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