The Assurance Services of Sustainability Reporting: Preliminary Evidence from a Developing Country

  Lau Chee Kwong1*, Christine Gan Kher Sing2

 1Business School, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

 2Faculty of Business, Communication and Law, INTI International University,

Putra Nilai, 78000 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

 

Corresponding Author: Lau.CheeKwong@nottingham.edu.my, laucheekwong@gmail.com, Christine.gan@newinti.edu.my

 

 

Abstract

In response to the recent introduction of the Business Sustainability Initiatives by the Bursa Malaysia, more listed companies have voluntarily publishing sustainability reports, either stand-alone or integrated with their annual reports.  Nevertheless, very little is known about whether these sustainability reports are audited and assured, like their mandatory financial reports, and the assurance practices involved.   In this study, we first investigate the availability of assurance statement in sustainability reports issued by the Malaysian publicly listed companies.  We then evaluate the content and informativeness of the assurance statements identified. We also ascertain the assurance processes and associated assertions in assurance services rendered on the preparation of the sustainability reports.  Though preliminary, our study provides insightful evidence on the assurance practices on sustainability reporting in Malaysia, a developing economy. 


Vol.1,2018‎(30)‎