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Title: Social Audit: A Mess or Means in CSR Assessment?
Contributor(s): Rahim, Mia M  (author)orcid ; Vicario, Victor (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-15838-9_1
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Abstract: Social Audits play an important role in the measurement and analysis of a company's social performance. They provide corporations with a tool to plan and manage their social responsibility activities. Similarly, they provide stakeholders with a tool which they could use when monitoring, assessing and analysing concrete and accurate company data. Whilst the topic of social audits has been raised and discussed by a number of scholars, industry representatives and government institutions over the years, such contributions have mostly revolved around the general notion and importance of social audit, rather than addressing the most effective ways to achieve a widespread and reliable adoption of the practice through the implementation of specific legal regulation and other methods. This matter is of significant importance as corporations can exert a considerable amount control over the entire social audit process, allowing them to disclose only information deemed beneficial to their own corporate image instead of releasing all relevant social and environmental data. In order to achieve a truly transparent system promoting corporate accountability, there is an obvious need for social audits to be regulated. One of the purposes of this book is to provide an overview of the development of social audit practices and regulation. It also sets out to explore the issues and challenges which have arisen relating to this matter around the world.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Social Audit Regulation: Development, Challenges and Opportunities, p. 1-13
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Place of Publication: Cham, Switzerland
ISBN: 9783319158372
Field of Research (FOR): 180119 Law and Society
150106 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 910401 Industrial Relations
910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance
Editor: Editor(s): Mia Mahmudur Rahim and Samuel O Idowu
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