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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1529;

Sustainability Reporting at a New Zealand Public University: A Longitudinal Analysis

College of Management, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
Faculty of Business, Governance and Law, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2615, Australia
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Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 22 August 2017 / Accepted: 25 August 2017 / Published: 28 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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This study examines the case of sustainability reporting by a New Zealand public university from a longitudinal perspective. Content analysis of the sustainability report for a five-year period is the primary research method. We observe that sustainability reporting by the case university excessively focuses on environmental reporting with a near absence of economic and social disclosures. Also, the results reveal that there is a generally upward trend for the reporting in the period, albeit the overall level is still low without any monetary disclosures in the report. Moreover, we find that the university does not follow any guidelines in its reporting. Based upon the results and findings, we provide some suggestions for universities to improve their sustainability reporting. This study contributes to the limited research with regard to sustainability reporting in the higher education sector, particularly from a longitudinal perspective. It is expected that this research would have some implications for academics and university sustainability policy makers. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability reporting; university; longitudinal; New Zealand sustainability reporting; university; longitudinal; New Zealand

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An, Y.; Davey, H.; Harun, H. Sustainability Reporting at a New Zealand Public University: A Longitudinal Analysis. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1529.

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