Corporate social responsibility reporting in professional accounting firms

Angus Duff

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This paper examines the corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting undertaken by the 20 largest professional accounting firms in the United Kingdom. Professional service firms are knowledge-intensive organisations, eager to communicate their legitimacy, status and reputation, to an external world. These social evaluations (prestige) allow them to enhance their intellectual capital and consequently charge premium fees and, effectively increasing partner wealth. This investigation undertakes a content analysis of firms' annual reviews, corporate social responsibility reports, websites, and recruitment literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-86
Number of pages13
JournalThe British Accounting Review
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • accounting firms
  • corporate social responsibility
  • disclosure
  • content analysis


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