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Providing a roadmap for future research agenda: a bibliometric literature review of sustainability performance reporting (SPR).

Osobajo, Oluyomi A.; Oke, Adekunle; Lawani, Ama; Omotayo, Temitope S.; Ndubuka-McCallum, Nkeiruka; Obi, Lovelin


Adekunle Oke

Ama Lawani

Temitope S. Omotayo

Lovelin Obi


The concept of sustainability reporting is now an essential tool, through which organisations demonstrate accountability to their stakeholders. The increasing market pressure, coupled with the awareness of the consequences of organisations' activities, suggests the need for organisations to report their sustainability credentials. Sustainability performance reports should provide adequate information on organisations' social, economic, and environmental performance. However, the current process through which organisations communicate their sustainability performance to stakeholders is questionable and remains a significant concern. This study assessed the current state and direction of research on sustainability performance reporting by conducting a bibliometric literature review of peer-reviewed studies on sustainability performance reporting published between 1987 and 2022. The findings highlight the misconceptions between sustainability and CSR when reporting organisations' sustainability performance. Furthermore, businesses and scholars prioritise reporting instead of communication with stakeholders. The observed lack of engagement with stakeholders indicates that the reported performance may not reflect the impact of business activities on the three dimensions of sustainability. Rather than adopting a one-way information dissemination approach, this study concludes that the desired performance can only be achieved through two-way communication with stakeholders.


OSOBAJO, O.A., OKE, A., LAWANI, A., OMOTAYO, T.S., NDUBUKA-MCCALLUM, N. and OBI, L. 2022. Providing a roadmap for future research agenda: a bibliometric literature review of sustainability performance reporting (SPR). Sustainability [online], 14(14), article number 8523. Available from:

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jul 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2022
Publication Date Jul 31, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 14, 2022
Journal Sustainability
Electronic ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 14
Article Number 8523
Keywords Sustainability; Corporate responsibility; Stakeholder communications; Organisational performance
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