Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal (Print ISSN: 1096-3685; Online ISSN: 1528-2635)

Abstract

The Effects of Sustainability Disclosure on the Quality of Financial Reports in Saudi Business Environment

Author(s): Alaa Mohamad Malo-Alain, Magdy Melegy Abdul Hakim Melegy, Mahmoud Ragab Yassein Ghoneim

The research aimed to measure the effect of accounting disclosure of sustainable development on the quality of financial reports for selected companies listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange. The independent variable is represented by the accounting disclosure about the sustainable development which includes quality and quantity of disclosure. The dependent variable is represented by the quality of financial report quality (QFR), which has been measured through discretionary accruals, accounting conservatism and asymmetry of information. The study adopted content analysis methodology to examine the financial reports of (153) company listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange during the year 2018. Our research concluded that there is a significant and negative correlation between the accounting disclosure of sustainable development and both discretionary accruals and information asymmetry, this found result can be explained by the fact that increasing disclosure of sustainability leads to a decrease in the value of discretionary accruals and information asymmetry. Moreover, our research concluded that there is a positive and significant correlation between accounting disclosure of sustainable development and accounting conservatism, this found result can be explained by the fact that increasing disclosure of sustainability leads to a increase in the value of accounting conservatism.