Firms’ Rationales: Public Reporting

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In this chapter Elbra examines firms’ rationales for engaging in private governance through content analysis of (2014) annual sustainability reporting. The chapter firstly introduces the methodological approach and outlines the coding procedure/rules. The analysis that follows posits that there are two distinct types of firms operating in the gold mining industry. Large firms, operating in multiple jurisdictions that have significant private authority, are more likely to cite strategic reasons for developing private governance. These firms engender private governance in order to control the direction of industry governance. Conversely, smaller firms with fewer operating jurisdictions are less likely to engage with private governance, more likely to cite normative reasons when they do and are interested in maintaining relationships with host states.


Corporate Social Responsibility Gold Mining Normative Reason Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Report 
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  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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