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Hållbarhetsredovisning: En studie kring skillnader mellan granskade respektive icke granskade företag
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University.
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine the differences between non-audited and audited sustainability reports and in that way indicate the significance of auditing to the contents of a sustainability report. The study was delimited to include three companies that create sustainability reports according to GRI guidelines, and also have changed from non-audited to audited reports.

The study is an exploratory study where we started from companies that follow GRI's standard and who have changed from being non-assured to assured and certified. In order to examine any differences we have started out from corporate sustainability reports and with the basis of these latter gather those changes which may have occurred during the changeover. We therefore chose to conduct a literature review on each company's non-audited sustainability reports and compare them with each company's audited and certified sustainability reports. Furthermore our study has been made on the basis of an assessment model based on the concepts of materiality, completeness and comparability.

The study showed that the audited sustainability reports in all companies were more focused and more detailed about the aspects GRI established for the performance indicators. The study also revealed that the audited sustainability report in one of the studied companies had more neutral image on managing and supporting the positive qualities that exist in the waste products and wastes. The study also showed that the audited sustainability report of another of the studied companies, unlike the non-audited, contained information about problems and indirect effects of the business. In further another company appeared to increase the comparability of the audited sustainability report. The summary conclusion of the study was that the differences that emerged between the non-audited and the audited sustainability reports showed that the audit had significance for the contents in the sustainability report regarding to materiality and partly for the completeness and comparability.

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2010. , p. 55
Keywords [en]
Sustainability reports, GRI, environment, non-audited, audited
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-9275ISRN: ORU-HHS/FEK-AG-2010/0010--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-9275DiVA, id: diva2:289410
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Available from: 2010-03-11 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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