Sustainability Reporting and Assets Quality of Listed Deposit Money Banks in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria (Published)
Bank’s asset quality deteriorates when banks are exposed to high non-performing loans and associated credit risks. Sustainability reporting deepens the acceptability and understanding of huge opportunities and enhances the corporate competitive advantage of the banks in enhancing banks’ assets quality. This study investigated the effect of sustainability reporting on the assets quality of listed deposit money banks (DMBs) in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. The study explored secondary data, using a population of 95 listed DMBs, while a sample size of 31 DMBs was purposively selected for a period of 12 years. Data were extracted from the annual financial records of the banks and sustainability reporting checklist in line with the Global Reporting Initiative. The validity and reliability of the data were premised on the statutory audit of the financial statements. Descriptive and inferential (multiple regression) statistics were used to analyze the data at a 5% significant level. The study found that sustainability reporting significantly affected the assets quality of the listed deposit money banks in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria (Adj R2 = 0.47, Wald-test (4, 367) = 342.18, p < 0.05). Based on the finding, the study recommended managers of the banks should exhibit high professional competence, and exercise managerial expertise and ethical practices in compliance with sustainability reporting best corporate best practices capable of enhancing the assets quality of the banks.
Sustainability Reporting Compliance and Financial Performance of Companies Listed On the Nigeria Stock Exchange (Published)
Citation: Lawrence, M. (2022) ‘sustainability reporting and financial performance of companies listed in the Nigeria Stock Exchange’, European Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance Research, Vol.10, No. 5, pp.25-73
Sustainability reporting is currently a contemporary issue in accounting studies. This study examines the impact of sustainability reporting compliance on the financial performance of listed firms in Nigeria. Secondary data was collected from annual reports of a sample of fifty seven companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Simple disclosure index was used to score sustainability reporting Compliance using Economic (ECM), Environmental (EVM) Social (SOC) and Governance (GOV) disclosures in the annual reports of the sampled firms based on Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) Sustainability Reporting Guideline. The firms’ financial performance was evaluated based on Net Profit Margin (NPM) and Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). Using least square panel data analysis, the results show that listed companies in Nigeria have significantly complied with the sustainability disclosure guideline. The aggregate average sustainability Reporting Compliance (SRC) by all the firms examined was 75%. It was also found that there is a significant association between sustainability Reporting Compliance and Net Profit Margin (NPM) as well as Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). It is recommended that companies, both local and international should adopt sustainability in their day-to-day policies to be legitimate in their daily activities on the planet and also enjoy better financial performance. There should also be legislative backing for sustainability reporting compliance to enable companies comply and there is need for uniformity in sustainability framework since the subject is an evolving one.