Stakeholder responses to mandating environmental, social and governance reporting in Hong Kong

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Abstract

We examine stakeholders’ comment letters regarding the Hong Kong Exchange's (HKEX) 2015 Consultation Paper, which proposed mandating ESG reporting in Hong Kong. We test for significant differences in responses between stakeholder groups and whether the HKEX's decision was consistent with stakeholders’ preferences in the consultation process. Examining comment letters submitted by six lobbying groups—preparers, investors, the accounting profession, NGOs, other institutions and individuals—we analyze survey responses using textual analysis software and statistical tests. We find that users and the accounting profession participated more than preparers. We also find that preparers and users took different positions on mandating ESG reporting when lobbying the HKEX, whereas preparers and the accounting profession advocated similar positions. Moreover, we find a significant association between stakeholder groups’ preferences and the HKEX's decision on most proposed changes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100353
JournalChina Journal of Accounting Research
Volume17
Issue number2
Early online date6 May 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024

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