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Hadfields Ltd: its annual general meetings 1900-1939 and their relevance for contemporary corporate social reporting

Maltby, J.A. (2004) Hadfields Ltd: its annual general meetings 1900-1939 and their relevance for contemporary corporate social reporting. British Accounting Review, 36 (4). pp. 415-439. ISSN 0890-8389

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Abstract

Little attention has been given to studies of the historical antecedents of corporate social reporting (CSR). The paper looks at the disclosures made by Hadfields Ltd and other British companies at the beginning of the 20th century, and finds that these included topics such as economic, political and industrial relations conditions, in a style analogous to that employed in CSR reporting today, during periods of difficulty and conflict for the reporting companies. The paper concludes that these findings support the argument that CSR may be less a reflection of a new relationship between companies and society than another form of what Milne calls ‘advocacy advertising’.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 15:31
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2009 15:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2004.07.016
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.bar.2004.07.016
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5713

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