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dc.contributor.advisorLow, Will
dc.contributor.advisorLing, Chris
dc.contributor.advisorHeinz, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Leith
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-06T01:36:44Z
dc.date.available2014-12-06T01:36:44Z
dc.date.issued2014-12-05
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10170/777
dc.description.abstractWith an aim of identifying specifically what North America's pipeline industry discloses and fails to disclose in its sustainability reporting, this study undertook a disclosure index analysis based on the GRI's G3 framework to analyze the industry's sustainability reporting archive for 2009 through 2012. This study finds that the story that the pipeline industry tells through its sustainability reporting is overwhelmingly positive, but exceedingly narrow and incomplete. With just 50% of its membership producing sustainability reports, the pipeline industry addresses on average only 25% of disclosures suggested under the GRI framework and in nearly all cases, disclosures exclude consideration of all activities and impacts that are outside of reporting organizations' direct control. Analysis of disclosure rates for individual indicators shows that the industry eschews disclosure of indicators that convey "bad news" or indicators for which data collection represents a substantial barrier, lending credence to the legitimacy theory of sustainability reporting.en_US
dc.subjectDisclosureen_US
dc.subjectEconomicen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmentalen_US
dc.subjectPipelineen_US
dc.subjectSocialen_US
dc.subjectSustainability Reportingen_US
dc.titleWhat's the story? : an exploration of North America's pipeline industry's sustainability reporting practiceen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Environment and Managementen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Environment and Sustainabilityen_US


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