Does environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance increase earnings informativeness? Evidence from ASEAN countries

Khalid Ardhi Nurrahman, Aria Farah Mita

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Abstract

This study aims to analyse the effect of corporate sustainability performance on earnings informativeness. The sustainability performance measured by the environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures is expected to improve the earnings informativeness. This study was conducted on 97 companies which have ESG score from Thomson Reuters for the period of 2012 to 2016 in ASEAN-5 countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. This study finds that ESG disclosures increase earnings informativeness. Company’s with higher ESG score reflects higher earnings informativeness and the higher earnings informativeness reduces the information asymmetry. The ESG disclosures in ASEAN countries now are still voluntary. This study implies that the regulators in ASEAN shall consider the benefits of ESG disclosure for investors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Trade and Global Markets
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • ASEAN countries
  • disclosures
  • earnings informativeness
  • environment
  • ESG
  • governance
  • information asymmetry
  • social
  • sustainability performance

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