Corporate accountability is a foundation of corporate social responsibility. Corporate social responsibilities, at the most general level, include economic duties, legal and regulatory compliance, responsiveness to ethical norms, and discretionary social welfare contributions. In addition, one of the most basic of all corporate social responsibilities is corporate accountability. It is defined as the continuous, systematic, and public communication of information and reasons designed to justify an organization's decisions, actions, and outputs to various stakeholders. According to this definition, corporate accountability is primarily a form of ethical communication directed toward those parties who are affected by corporate activities and effects.

Source: Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society

Data Set
Metric Type
Value Type
Research Policy
96 97
24 84
94 94
40 75
24 84
40 61
279 996
1,960 1,984
US Securities and Exchange Commission+Image
3,843 31,228
1,110 5,101
UN Global Compact+Image
1,952 3,064
18 19
6,056 56,432
5 5
3,693 30,989
4,435 38,535