Political Connections and CSR Disclosures in Indonesia

Erwin Saraswati, Ananda Sagitaputri, Yan Rahadian

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Abstract

This research seeks to provide evidence about how political connections, proxied by government ownership and the existence of politically connected board members, affect the extent of corporate social responsibility (CSR) disclosures in Indonesian listed companies. This research uses the legitimacy theory as a basis for explaining management’s motivation for disclosing its CSR. The sample consists of 131 firm-year observations from 38 non-financial public companies that published sustainability reports from 2013 to 2017. We measured the CSR disclosures using a disclosure checklist on the sustainability reports. We subsequently processed the data using a random effect (RE) linear regression. The result shows that CSR disclosures were greater in government-owned companies but lower in companies that have politically connected board members. The results support the legitimacy theory that the government intends to demonstrate legitimate national economic and political conditions by showing that government-owned companies are sustainable. However, CSR disclosures seem to have a substitutive relationship with the existence of politically connected board members, since those political connections may protect the company from public pressure and/or the risk of litigation, reducing the need for CSR disclosures. This research provides evidence that different types of political connections may have different impacts on corporate disclosures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1104
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • CSR
  • Government Ownership
  • Political Connection
  • Social Responsibility
  • Sustainability

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