Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2013, 61, 309-315

https://doi.org/10.11118/actaun201361020309
Published online 2013-04-24

Construction of corporate social performance indicators for Czech manufacturing industry

Marie Dočekalová

Department of Economy, Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Management, Kolejní 4, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic

This article aims to map out the level of social performance measurement of Czech companies, i.e. what social performance indicators companies monitor and what information they provide to their stakeholders and to construct alternative corporate social performance indicators. Based on an analysis of 24 corporate voluntary reports and results of an empirical research performed among 79 large companies operating in the manufacturing industry, it was found that companies partially monitor their social performance, but from the perspective of international standards (e.g. Global Reporting Initiative, International Federation of Accountants) it is still insufficient. Czech companies usually provide only absolute numbers which disguise real trends and do not allow year on year comparison or comparison with other companies. Czech companies should provide a comprehensive picture of their overall performance, they should not focus only on financial indicators based on accounting data, since it is known that the performance measurement based only on financial and economic performance does not lead to long-term success and sustainability of organizations. Companies should monitor more their impact on society within which they operate. Proposed corporate social performance indicators in a measurable and thus manageable way express social issues.

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