Management Reports of Dutch Companies: Their Availability and Compliance with Legal Disclosure Requirements

Ruud G. A. Vergoossen*, Ferdy Van Beest

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Unlike the vast majority of the EU member states, the Netherlands incorporated an option provided by the EU Accounting Directive that exempt companies from the obligation to file the management report with the trade register when a copy of it can be obtained from the company upon request. About 60% of the companies use this filing exemption option, but the availability of the management reports of these companies appears to be poor, because they are (very) reluctant to fulfill a request, rejecting it or do not respond to it at all. Therefore, it is interesting to examine whether the choice of how the management report is published, is associated with the level of compliance with disclosure obligations. In order to do that, we create a disclosure score based on the legal disclosure requirements. Multivariate analysis shows that disclosure compliance of management reports that are filed with the trade register is significantly higher than of those not filed but made available by the company. We also find a significant positive relationship between disclosure compliance and the length of management reports. Compliance levels appear not to be significantly associated with the timeliness of publication, company size and the size of the external auditor’s firm. Based on our research findings we advocate the removal of the filing exemption option on management reports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-165
Number of pages23
JournalAccounting in Europe
Issue number2
Early online date4 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021


  • management report
  • corporate reporting
  • EU Accounting Directive
  • the Netherlands


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