This work aims to enhance the understanding of Local Governments (LGs)’ sustainability disclosure (SD) practices through their official websites. The ultimate goal of this study is to assess the extent to which certain mayor's personal traits are likely to influence the level of online sustainability information provided by LGs. To this end, a manual content analysis was performed on the official websites of the Italian LGs with more than 40,000 inhabitants to assess the level of SD. A multivariate regression analysis was estimated to examine the extent to which mayors' gender, political ideology, age and education influence the level of sustainability information provided by LGs through websites. Empirical results highlight the crucial role that certain characteristics of LGs' mayor profiles exert on the level of SD. The present work offers an important contribution to the existing literature, as it extends the knowledge of SD practices in an underexplored context, like the LGs and the impact of the mayor's profile on SD levels in LGs.
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