Research in Public Relations and Organisational Communication
Edited By Andrea Catellani, Ansgar Zerfass and Ralph Tench
A Decade into Sustainability Reporting in Turkey
Sibel HOŞTUT & Seçil DEREN VAN HET HOF
Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey
Today, companies are expected to disclose corporate activities in an accountable, honest and transparent manner. In this context, sustainability reporting is an important tool for communicating organisational performance related to economic, social and environmental issues. This chapter identifies the performance indicators disclosed by Turkish private corporations. Within the framework of indicators defined by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), 29 sustainability reports were analysed to identify the most commonly reported items. The findings show that 18 sustainability reports based on the GRI 3.1 standards mostly fulfil the requirements related to economic, social and environmental performance indicators. These findings are not limited to specific sectors of the industry. Analyses show that corporations from energy, financial services, food/beverage products and health care products/ services scored quite well, while corporations from the aviation and logistics sector lagged behind. According to the results, multinational companies are still the locomotives of sustainability practices and reporting, while only large Turkish organisations seem to dare or endeavour for standardized reporting.
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