Corporate social responsibility reporting in China: political, social and corporate influences

Parsa, Sepideh ORCID logoORCID:, Narisa Tianjin, Dai, Ataur, Belal, Teng, Li and Guliang, Tang (2021) Corporate social responsibility reporting in China: political, social and corporate influences. Accounting and Business Research, 51 (1) . pp. 36-64. ISSN 0001-4788 [Article] (doi:10.1080/00014788.2020.1780110)

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This paper explores the main drivers of CSR and its reporting for large Chinese listed companies, and identifies the key institutional pressures and stakeholder influences that shape CSR and its reporting. The data were collected through interviews with managers from large listed Chinese companies. Our findings reveal how the Chinese government uses social organisations and social intermediaries to facilitate and mediate CSR and its reporting to meet changing societal expectations across regions, while ensuring that companies remain responsive to the expectations of international stakeholders. We find that CSR and its reporting help companies gain political legitimacy domestically, while retaining their legitimacy in global markets. Companies co-operate with social organisations and social intermediaries actively and continuously. This helped companies secure political legitimacy with the government, while helping officials maintain their social legitimacy. Our findings on regional differences support the idea that relations between Chinese business and society have a fundamental effect on CSR and its reporting.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Accounting and Finance
Item ID: 30340
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Accounting and Business Research on 30/06/2020, available online:
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Depositing User: Sepideh Parsa
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 08:11
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:04

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