This study investigates the non-financial disclosure in an Italian banking group following Directive 2014/95/EU over a period of eight years, from its voluntary (2013–2017) to mandatory (2018–2020) implementation. The paper relies both on primary and secondary data sources. It first adopts a content analysis on non-financial reports while considering other relevant available material. Second, the study relies upon semi-structured interviews and seminars to gather primary data. The analysis has been interpreted in light of institutional theory in order to understand the institutional forces driving non-financial disclosure. Results show that non-financial disclosure significantly increased in quantity after the regulation; however, the improvement in quality is fairly low, with the exception of themes relevant to the company under investigation. Through the lens of institutional theory, it emerges that an interplay of institutional mechanisms co-existed within the bank, during two periods of reporting for different topics of disclosure.

From voluntary to mandatory non-financial disclosure following Directive 2014/95/EU: an Italian case study / Korca, Blerita; Costa, Ericka; Farneti, Federica. - In: ACCOUNTING IN EUROPE. - ISSN 1744-9480. - 2021:18(3)(2021), pp. 353-377. [10.1080/17449480.2021.1933113]

From voluntary to mandatory non-financial disclosure following Directive 2014/95/EU: an Italian case study

Korca, Blerita;Costa, Ericka;
2021-01-01

Abstract

This study investigates the non-financial disclosure in an Italian banking group following Directive 2014/95/EU over a period of eight years, from its voluntary (2013–2017) to mandatory (2018–2020) implementation. The paper relies both on primary and secondary data sources. It first adopts a content analysis on non-financial reports while considering other relevant available material. Second, the study relies upon semi-structured interviews and seminars to gather primary data. The analysis has been interpreted in light of institutional theory in order to understand the institutional forces driving non-financial disclosure. Results show that non-financial disclosure significantly increased in quantity after the regulation; however, the improvement in quality is fairly low, with the exception of themes relevant to the company under investigation. Through the lens of institutional theory, it emerges that an interplay of institutional mechanisms co-existed within the bank, during two periods of reporting for different topics of disclosure.
2021
18(3)
Korca, Blerita; Costa, Ericka; Farneti, Federica
From voluntary to mandatory non-financial disclosure following Directive 2014/95/EU: an Italian case study / Korca, Blerita; Costa, Ericka; Farneti, Federica. - In: ACCOUNTING IN EUROPE. - ISSN 1744-9480. - 2021:18(3)(2021), pp. 353-377. [10.1080/17449480.2021.1933113]
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