Assurance on integrated reporting: A critical perspective

Miriam Corrado, Paola Demartini, Johannes Dumay

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This research investigates how non-financial information is assured in the context of the Integrated Reporting <IR> Framework. In particular, we try to understand, through the lens of the legitimacy theory, whether the assurance process is a tool that enhances user trust. A study, based on semi-structured interviews with a group of experts, is presented. The respondents are practitioners, academics and investors directly involved in <IR> assurance debates. Consistent with legitimacy theory, most practitioners agree assurance adds value to the reporting process. However, other academics and investors are skeptical about whether assurance reduces agent-principle gaps. Their main concerns regard the difficulty in assuring qualitative information, and the discretion <IR> grants to management in the reporting process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated reporting
Subtitle of host publicationantecedents and perspectives for organizations and stakeholders
EditorsSamuel O. Idowu, Mara Del Baldo
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030017194
ISBN (Print)9783030017187
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Publication series

NameCSR, sustainability, ethics & governance
ISSN (Print)2196-7075
ISSN (Electronic)2196-7083


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