Differences in CSR Disclosure in the Annual Reports of Islamic and Conventional Banks: Evidence from Kuwait

  •  Ghareeb M. Almutairi    
  •  Mohammad H. J. Almarri    
  •  Ahmad S. Alsamhan    


This paper explores the differences in corporate social responsibility disclosure in the annual reports of Islamic and conventional banks operating in Kuwait. A content analysis of the six banks’ annual reports from 2007 through 2009 was conducted to examine their corporate social responsibility practices in relation to the marketplace, workplace, community, and environment. The results show that both types of banks made certain social disclosures in the years studied. Interestingly, despite Islamic Sharia calls for and emphasizes ethical business behavior, the Islamic banks studied disclosed less corporate social responsibility information as compared with conventional banks. Furthermore, the corporate social responsibility information disclosed by the Islamic banks declined noticeably over time. The conventional banks, however, increased their disclosures during the financial crisis of 2008. By measuring and comparing the volume of corporate social responsibility information disclosed by the three Islamic banks and the three conventional banks in Kuwait the results of this study contribute to the corporate social responsibility literature.

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