Corporate social responsibility risk and auditor–client retention
International Journal of Auditing
Literature suggests that firms engaging in irresponsible corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities are more likely to increase auditor's engagement risk. Using audit firm tenure as a continuous measure for retention decisions made by either auditors or client firms, we find a significant and negative association between CSR risk and auditor tenure. Moreover, when the continuous variable audit tenure is replaced with a dichotomous variable auditor change, the likelihood of auditor change intensifies with increases in CSR risk. These results suggest that both clients and auditors are more likely to sever relationships when client firms exhibit high CSR risk than low CSR risk. This study has implications for future research on audit firm tenure and audit outcomes.
Brooks, Li (Lily) Zheng; Gill, Sue; and Wong-On-Wing, Bernard, "Corporate social responsibility risk and auditor–client retention" (2019). Business Faculty Publications. 33.