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Black Economic Empowerment Disclosures by South African Listed Corporations: The Influence of Ownership and Board Characteristics

Ntim, Collins G. and Soobaroyen, Teerooven (2013) Black Economic Empowerment Disclosures by South African Listed Corporations: The Influence of Ownership and Board Characteristics. Journal of business ethics, 116 (1). pp. 121-138. ISSN 1573-0697

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Abstract

This study investigates the extent to which South African listed corporations voluntarily disclose information on black economic empowerment (BEE) in their annual and sustainability reports using a sample of 75 listed corporations from 2003 to 2009. BEE is a form of socio-economic affirmative action championed by the African National Congress (ANC)-led government to address historical imbalances in business participation and ownership in South Africa. We find that block ownership and institutional ownership are negatively associated with the extent of BEE disclosures, whereas government ownership, board diversity (age, education, ethnicity, nationality and occupation), board size and non-executive directors are positively related to the extent of BEE disclosures. By contrast, dual board leadership structure and gender diversity are not significantly associated with BEE disclosures. Our results are robust when controlling for firm-level characteristics, fixed-effects and alternative disclosure proxies. Our results are largely consistent with the predictions of agency, legitimacy, resource dependence and stakeholder theories.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Schools: The Business School
The Business School > Quantitative Analysis Research Group
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2016 02:52
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/19540

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