SPECIAL REPORT: Sustainability reports address safety, environmental issues

Environmental stewardship and employee safety ranked high among issues major oil companies addressed in the lengthy, nonfinancial disclosures for 2006 that some companies call sustainability reports and others, corporate social responsibility reports.Companies issue these reports in response to demand for information on corporate governance and risk-mitigation. Content varies considerably between companies and also between countries (OGJ, Oct. 1, 2007, p. 20).Nonfinancial reporting across much of the world lacks the hard rules that governments typically provide for financial reports. Oil companies hire outside auditing firms to provide assurance on the information.The International Petrol...

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