Enhance transparency through company law reform in China

Zhao, Jingchen (2015) Enhance transparency through company law reform in China. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 66 (1). ISSN 0029-3105 (Accepted)

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Abstract

A growing awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR hereinafter) is always reflected by an increase in the number of CSR or sustainability reports, as well as in the provision of CSR-related information. The growing importance of socially responsible investment and media are converging, and an increasing awareness of companies’ social, ethical and environmental performance calls for greater transparency in reporting. Corporate disclosure is one of the most common means of ensuring adherence to corporate governance principles such as fairness and transparency. This issue is particularly important for China, where Guanxi and government control are regarded as key elements for business transactions. This article sets out to explore the emerging practice of CSR reporting in China to examine whether current practice is motivated by the purpose of discharging accountability to relevant stakeholders, and also whether it is helpful to transplant the UK’s “Strategic Report” system to China. It is important to discuss why the CSR reporting system is important to China in order to promote CSR and a harmonious society, and how to enforce the scheme by mandatory regulations and voluntary guidelines. If a CSR-reporting system is established, there is likely to be resistance to major regulatory changes. It would be desirable to maintain a balance between efficient disclosure and increased burdens for companies, in order to achieve the ultimate purpose of boosting the competitive advantages of companies through increased transparency via corporate disclosure.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence
Depositing User: Jingchen Zhao
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 09:34
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2015 14:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51553
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