Corporate social reporting by MNCs' subsidiaries in Sri Lanka

Eshani Beddewela, Christian Herzig

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This study examines the pressures, barriers and enablers which subsidiaries of multinational companies encounter when engaging in corporate social reporting within a developing country context. The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with eighteen managers across ten subsidiaries in Sri Lanka. The findings show that the subsidiaries are overwhelmingly driven by their need to attain internal legitimacy and conform to formal institutionalised processes for reporting on CSR which act as a barrier against publishing separate social reports in Sri Lanka. The study uncovers a tension between head office reporting requirements and demonstrating accountability for the needs of local stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-149
Number of pages15
JournalAccounting Forum
Issue number2
Early online date28 Sep 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


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