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Sustainability 2016, 8(1), 63; doi:10.3390/su8010063

The Impact of Supervisory Board Composition on CSR Reporting. Evidence from the German Two-Tier System

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Institute of Auditing and Taxation, University of Hamburg, Max-Brauer-Allee 60, 22527 Hamburg, Germany
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Institute of Banking, Finance and Accounting, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Scharnhorststr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 29 September 2015 / Revised: 3 December 2015 / Accepted: 5 January 2016 / Published: 11 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting is becoming increasingly relevant in light of modern corporate governance. There is growing activity among empirical research in one-tier systems that considers the link between board composition and CSR reporting. This study is the first of its kind on the German two-tier system with special regard for the supervisory board. We analyze gender diversity, expertise, the presence of former managers, frequency of meetings, and the size of the supervisory board. Our multiple regressions indicate that gender diversity has a positive impact on CSR disclosure intensity, which is in line with prior studies on one-tier systems. Our findings have implications for both users and public policy and suggest that current European corporate governance regulations could help to increase the decision usefulness of CSR reporting. View Full-Text
Keywords: CSR reporting; corporate governance; gender diversity; supervisory board composition CSR reporting; corporate governance; gender diversity; supervisory board composition
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Dienes, D.; Velte, P. The Impact of Supervisory Board Composition on CSR Reporting. Evidence from the German Two-Tier System. Sustainability 2016, 8, 63.

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