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Sustainability 2015, 7(11), 14895-14916; doi:10.3390/su71114895

Are Australian Universities Making Good Use of ICT for CSR Reporting?

Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Granada, Campus Universitario de Cartuja s/n, Granada 18071, Spain
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Received: 29 July 2015 / Revised: 22 October 2015 / Accepted: 2 November 2015 / Published: 6 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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Abstract

The higher education system in Australia has witnessed various government initiatives that have provided funding to integrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues and thus contribute to the training of professionals with a strong sense of ethics, social values and concern for the repercussions of business activities in society. There are increasing demands from stakeholders for more transparent and more accountable information, including questions related to CSR. This paper analyses the policies and communication strategies regarding CSR information applied in Australian universities and considers whether they are making good use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to facilitate interaction with stakeholders. The results show that ICT have not been considered a relevant tool in terms of improving accountability regarding CSR concerns in Australian universities, although they could represent a differentiation factor in the competitive environment of higher education. View Full-Text
Keywords: universities; corporate social responsibility; online; disclosure; information and communication technologies; Australia universities; corporate social responsibility; online; disclosure; information and communication technologies; Australia
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Sánchez, R.G.; Bolívar, M.P.R.; Hernández, A.M.L. Are Australian Universities Making Good Use of ICT for CSR Reporting? Sustainability 2015, 7, 14895-14916.

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