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Indonesia's low concern for labor issues

Roman Cahaya, Fitra and Porter, Stacey A and Tower, Greg and Brown, Alistair (2012) 'Indonesia's low concern for labor issues.' Social Responsibility Journal, 8 (1). 114 - 132. ISSN 1747-1117

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Abstract

Purpose This study aims to advance explanations of the communication level of labor disclosures of Indonesian listed companies. Design/methodology/approach Year‐ending 2007 Annual report disclosures of 223 Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) listed companies are analyzed. The labor practices and decent work disclosure component of the 2006 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines are used as the benchmark disclosure index checklist. Findings The results show a low level of voluntary disclosure (17.7 per cent). The highest level of communication is for issues related to skills management and lifelong learning programs for employees. Very few companies disclosed information about health and safety committee and agreements, and salary of men to women. Statistical analysis reveals that government ownership and international operations are positively significant predictors of “labour” communication. Isomorphic institutional theory partially explains the variability of these disclosures. Bigger companies also provide more labor practices and decent work disclosures. Research limitations/implications The main implications of the findings are that Indonesian companies are not clearly communicating labor responsibility issues as a key precondition of corporate social responsibility (CSR). They may be obfuscating some information to protect their image and reputation. Originality/value This paper provides insights into the disclosure practices of labor issues, a specific social disclosure theme which is rarely examined in prior literature, under the umbrella of institutional theory. The research also includes “goal factor” to be tested as one of the independent variables.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 08:17
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 09:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28131

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