Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol 15, No 2 (2019)

An Exploratory Study of the Level of Social and Environmental Disclosures by Listed Firms in Nigeria

Okwy Peter Okpala

Abstract


This study examined the level of social and environmental disclosures in the annual reports of listed firms in Nigeria. It is an exploratory study utilising secondary data through the content analysis of annual reports of 84 sampled firms listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange over a period of 2011 – 2016. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.  The study found that the level of SED in Nigeria has improved over the years with a slight improvement from previous years (n = 2056, 67.98%) even though social disclosure takes a higher proportion of such practices (n = 1668, 82.49%) compared to the level of disclosures on environmental issues (n = 388, 38.72%). The study recommends that government, regulatory agencies and financial institutions inspire responsibility on the part of firms towards environmental issues.


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