Title: Analysing social responsibility in financial companies

Authors: Guler Aras, David Crowther

Addresses: Institute of Social Science, Yildiz Technical University, Barbaros Bulvari, Yildiz/Besiktas, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey. ' Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK

Abstract: Although it is an accepted methodology to exclude financial companies from any comparative financial analysis of a sample of companies when performance is being analysed and this exclusion is due to the different financial structure of such organisation, it seems to have also become standard practice to exclude such companies when the analysis of corporate social disclosure is also being undertaken. The justification seems to have been merely transplanted without any firm rational ever being produced. This paper challenges this transfer of practice to show by theoretical and empirical analysis that the same assumptions do not hold and that all organisations are similar when the analysis of corporate social disclosure is also being undertaken.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; CSR; financial analysis; financial companies; performance measurement; content analysis; corporate social disclosure.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBAAF.2010.033502

International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance, 2010 Vol.2 No.3, pp.295 - 308

Published online: 02 Jun 2010 *

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