Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to determine the current state of play for workplace diversity
disclosures, specifically disability by investigating the recently revised Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations.
Design/methodology/approach – Case study methodology using documentary analysis techniques.
Findings – With gender diversity recommendations introduced in 2010 based on the business case
perspective, the process of revising the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations
provided an opportunity for the ASX to expand its diversity focus, with disability diversity specifically
identified in the draft third edition. However, the key amendments were subsequently removed when the
approved edition was released in 2014 with justification provided on the grounds that disability is a social
issue, not a corporate governance issue. Through a widening of the corporate governance lens beyond the
business case perspective, this paper calls for a re-imagining of corporate governance to incorporate an ethical
viewpoint on diversity.
Social implications – Disability diversity disclosure is merely the first step towards reform in helping to
bring about deep change within organisations. Without both administrative reform and institutional reform,
any future revisitation of the disability disclosure recommendations may become little more than a "tick the
Originality/value – The paper is unique in reviewing the ASX Corporate Governance developmental
processes towards workplace disability in its recently revised edition.
Corporate social responsibility, Disability, Corporate governance, Workplace diversity