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Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business

Theory and Practice of Business under Sustainability Principles

Edited by Geoffrey Wells

Recent surveys of international CEOs confirm that companies increasingly see sustainability as critical to their business strategy. The rigorous academic framework for the field of sustainable business required to respond to this need is now emerging. This book presents important new work in the theory of the sustainable firm, in the application of sustainability principles to key management disciplines, in sustainable business in practice, and in the international challenges that are critical to sustainability demands.

Chapter 4: Sustainability accounting and reporting: an overview, contemporary developments and research possibilities

Sumit Lodhia

Subjects: business and management, corporate social responsibility, strategic management, economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, corporate social responsibility, environmental economics


This chapter focuses on sustainability accounting and reporting. Initially the notion of sustainability accounting and reporting is discussed with attention given to the internal (sustainability management) and external (sustainability reporting) aspects. These components of sustainability accounting have parallels to the accounting process where management accounting and financial reporting are prominent. However it is highlighted that sustainability issues are much broader and provide unique challenges for the accounting process. The chapter then proceeds to contemporary developments in sustainability accounting in order to highlight the ‘state of the art’ in this discipline. There are two aspects that warrant specific discussion. Carbon accounting is an area receiving increased attention, driven by the global concern over climate change. Its subcomponents, carbon management accounting and carbon reporting, are derived from sustainability accounting, and provide the means to account for climate change.

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