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Title: Corporate environmental disclosure, corporate governance and earnings management
Authors: Sun, Nan
Salama, Aly
Hussainey, Khaled
Habbash, Murya
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Keywords: Corporate governance
Environmental management
Information disclosure
United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Citation: Sun N, Salama A, Hussainey K & Habbash M (2010) Corporate environmental disclosure, corporate governance and earnings management, Managerial Auditing Journal, 25 (7), pp. 679-700.
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.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 25 Iss: 7, pp.679 - 700 by Emerald Group Publishing. The original publication is available at
Affiliation: Durham University
Durham University
Accounting and Finance
Durham University

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