Title: Comparing sustainability disclosures on corporate websites: a case study of Newmont Mining Corporation's plant sites in Ghana
Authors: Kwame Oduro Amoako; Isaac Oduro Amoako; Emmanuel Opoku Marfo
Addresses: Faculty of Business and Management Studies, Sunyani Technical University, Ghana ' Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK ' School of Management Science and Law, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to analyse sustainability information reported by two plant sites of a multinational mining firm operating in Ghana. It draws on institutional theory and firm characteristics to compare and contrast the sustainability reporting contents on the websites of two plants of a multinational mining company in the same country. The study uses case study approach with qualitative content analysis to benchmark the sustainability information found on the websites of the two plants of Newmont Mining Corporation, Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd. at Ahafo and Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd. at Akyem based on the Global Reporting Initiative and the United Nations Division for Sustainability Development models. It was discovered that even though both plants reported on all aspects of sustainability - economic, environmental and social, the plant sites vary in the contents and details of reports even though the websites had the same headings. These variations are arguably due to the institutional pressures and variations in the characteristics of the two plants. This article contributes to an understanding of how on sitespecific institutional pressures from stakeholders such as community and regulatory bodies and the size and age of subsidiaries may impact on sustainability reporting.
Keywords: sustainability reporting; Ghana; mining firms; content analysis; websites.
International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy, 2018 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.241 - 275
Received: 30 Jan 2018
Accepted: 12 Nov 2018
Published online: 03 Jul 2019 *