Carol Adams has published over a hundred articles, books and book chapters with over 15,000 citations to her work.  A full list of publications with citations to them can be found at Carol’s profile on google scholar citations.  Opinion pieces, videos, podcasts and media coverage of her work are here.

The following are likely to be of interest to those making change within organisations and to policy makers.

Adams CA and Mueller F (2022) Academics and policymakers at odds: the case of the IFRS Foundation Trustees’ consultation paper on sustainability reporting, Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal

Adams CA and Abhayawansa S (2022), Connecting the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and calls for ‘harmonisation’ of sustainability reporting, Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Vol 82

Abhayawansa S and Adams (2022) CA Lessons from COVID-19: A conceptual framework for non-financial reporting inclusive of risk management. Meditari Accountancy Research. Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 710-738. DOI 10.1108/MEDAR-11-2020-1097

Abhayawansa, S, Adams CA, Neesham, C (2021) Accountability and Governance in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals: Conceptualising how governments create value, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.

Adams, C A, with Druckman, P B, Picot, R C, (2020) Sustainable Development Goal Disclosure (SDGD) Recommendations, published by ACCA, Chartered Accountants ANZ, ICAS, IFAC, IIRC and WBA. ISBN: 978-1-909883-62-8

Adams, CA (2020) Sustainable Development Goal Disclosure (SDGD) Recommendations: Feedback on the consultation responses, published by ACCA, IIRC and WBA. ISBN-978-1-898291-33-6

Tyson T and Adams CA (2020) Increasing the scope of assurance: newlines of inquiry and novel theoretical perspectives. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 11(2) 291-316 DOI: Read here

Adams CA, Picot RC and Druckman P (2019) Recommendations for SDG Disclosures: A Consultation Paper, published by CA ANZ Group, ICAS and ACCA. ISBN-13: 978-0-6482276-5-6

Gibassier D, Adams CA and Jérôme T (2019) Integrated reporting and the capitals diffusion Autorité des Normes Comptables

Adams CA and Larrinaga C (2019) Progress : engaging with organisations in pursuit of improved sustainability accounting and performance, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol 32  DOI :

Adams, CA (2019) The Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Volume 10: the next 10 years, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 10(2): 230-234

Ferdous, M I, Adams, CA and Boyce G (2019) Institutional drivers of environmental management accounting adoption in public sector water organisations, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 32, 4, pp 984-1012 Read here

Adams, C A (2018) Let’s talk value: How universities create value for students, staff and society, Advance HE.  Read here

Adams, C A (2018) Integrated reporting and accounting for sustainable development across generations by universities. Public Money and Management, 38:5, 332-334, Read here

Adams, C A (2017) The Sustainable Development Goals, integrated thinking and the integrated report, IIRC and ICAS.  ISBN 978-1-909883-41-3. Read here.

Adams CA (forthcoming). The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Future of the Corporate Reporting Model United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations, New York and Geneva.

Adams, CA, (2017) Conceptualising the contemporary corporate value creation process, Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal 30 (4) 906-931 Read here

Narayanan V and Adams CA, (2017) Transformative change towards sustainability: the interaction between organisational discourses and organisational practices. Accounting and Business Research 47(3): 344-368  Read here 

Adams CA, Potter B, Singh PJ and York J (2016) Exploring the implications of integrated reporting for social investment (disclosures) British Accounting Review, 48, pp. 283-296, DOI 10.1016/  Read here

McPhail, KJ and Adams CA (2016) Corporate respect for Human Rights: meaning, scope, and the shifting order of discourse Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal 29(4): 650-678. Read here.

Young S, Nagpal, S and  Adams, CA (2016) Sustainable Procurement in Australian and UK Universities Public Management Review 18(7): 993-1016 Read here.

Coulson A, Adams, CA, Nugent, M and Haynes K (2015) Exploring metaphors of capitals and the framing of multiple capitals: challenges and opportunities for <IR> Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 6(3): 290-314. Read here

Adams CA (updated 2015, first published 2013) Understanding Integrated Reporting:  The Concise Guide to Integrated Thinking and the Future of Corporate Reporting  Greenleaf Publishing,  Routledge ISBN 9781909293847.

Adams CA (2015) The International Integrated Reporting Council: a call to action Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Vol 27, pp 23-28. DOI 10.1016/  Read here


Adams, C A (2014), “Sustainability and the company of the future” in Reinventing the company in the digital age BBVA OpenMind.  ISBN: 978-84-16142-92-7 Read here

Adams CA, Muir S and Hoque Z (2014) Measurement of sustainability performance in the public sector,  Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 5(1): 46-67.  Read here

Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Gray R, Adams CA and Owen D (2014) Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Accounting for Society and the Environment Pearson ISBN: 9780273681380.

Adams CA (2014) Changing the way business is done: A critical Review of two South African integrated reports  in The Sustainability and Integrated Reporting Handbook Vol 1, pp 52- 57. ISBN 978062061001-8. Read here

Adams CA (2013) Sustainability reporting and performance management in Universities: challenges and benefits Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 4(3): 384-392. Read here

Williams S and Adams CA (2013) Moral accounting? Employee disclosures from a stakeholder accountability perspective Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 26(3): 449–495. Read here

Spencer SY, Adams CA and Yappa P (2013) The mediating effects of the adoption of an environmental information system on top management’s commitment and environmental performance Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 4(1): 75-102. Read here 

Boyce G and Adams CA (2011) Incorporating climate change impacts and adaptation into capital investment decision making Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research Think Tank Report.

Adams CA, Heijltjes MH, Jack G, Marjoribanks T and Powell M (2011) The development of leaders able to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges: the role of business schools Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 2(1): 165-171. Read here 

Hoque Z and Adams CA (2011) The rise and use of balanced scorecard measures in Australian government departments Financial Accountability and Management 27 (3): 308-334.

Adams CA and Petrella L (2010) Collaboration, connections and change: the UN GC, GRI, UN PRME and the GRLI Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 1(2): 292–296.

Adams CA and Whelan G (2009) Conceptualising future change in corporate sustainability reporting Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal 22(1): 118–143. Read about this here

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Gray, R, Owen D and Adams CA (2009) Some theories for social accounting?: A review essay and a tentative pedagogic categorisation of theorisations around social accountingAdvances in Environmental Accounting & Management 4, 1-54.

Adams CA, Burritt R and Frost G (2008) Integrated Approaches to Environmental Sustainability Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA): London.

Adams CA and Frost G (2008) Integrating sustainability reporting into management practices Accounting Forum 32(4): 288–302.

Grosser K, Adams CA and Moon J (2008) Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace: A study of corporate disclosure Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA): London.

Zutshi A, Sohal A and Adams CA (2008) Environmental management system adoption by government departments/agencies International Journal of Public Sector Management 21(5): 525–539.

Adams CA (2008) A Commentary on: corporate social responsibility reporting and reputation risk management Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 21(3): 365–370.

Hoque Z and Adams CA (2008). Measuring and Reporting Performance of Government Departments in Australia, CPA Australia: Melbourne

Adams CA and Frost G (2007) Managing social and environmental performance: do companies have adequate information? Australian Accounting Review 17(3): 2–11.

Adams C and Larrinaga González C (2007) Engaging with organisations in pursuit of improved sustainability accountability and performance Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 20(3): 333–355. Read here

Adams CA and McNicholas P (2007) Making a difference: sustainability reporting, accountability and organisational change Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 20(3): 382–402. Read here

Adams CA and Frost G (2006). Accounting for ethical, social, environmental and economic issues: towards an integrated approach, CIMA Research Executive Summaries Series 2(12): 1–6.

Adams CA and Frost G (2006) The internet and change in corporate stakeholder engagement and communication strategies on social and environmental performance Journal of Accounting and Organisational Change 2(3): 281–303.

Adams CA and Frost G (2006) CSR Reporting Financial Management, June: 34–36.

Adams CA and Frost GR (2006) Accessibility and functionality of the corporate web site: implications for sustainability reporting Business Strategy and the Environment 15(4): 275–287.

Adams CA and Frost G (2006) Accounting for ethical, social, environmental and economic issues: towards an integrated approach CIMA Research Executive Summaries Series 2(12).

Adams CA and Frost G (2004) The Development of Corporate Web-sites and implications for Ethical, Social and Environmental Reporting through these Media Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS): Edinburgh.

Adams CA and Zutshi A (2004) Corporate social responsibility: why business should act responsibly and be accountable Australian Accounting Review 14(3): 31–39.

Adams CA (2004) The ethical, social and environmental reporting – performance portrayal gap Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 17(5): 731–757.  Read here.

Adams CA and McPhail K (2004) Reporting and the politics of difference: (non)disclosure on ethnic minorities Abacus 40(3): 405–435.

Adams CA and Evans R (2004) Accountability, completeness, credibility and the audit expectations gap Journal of Corporate Citizenship 14: 97–115.

Adams CA (2002) Internal organisational factors influencing corporate social and ethical reporting: beyond current theorising Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 15(2): 223–250. Read here.

Adams CA and Kuasirikun N (2000) A comparative analysis of corporate reporting on ethical issues by UK and German chemical and pharmaceutical companies European Accounting Review 9(1): 53–80.

Adams CA and Harte GF (2000) Making discrimination visible: the potential for social accounting, Accounting Forum 24(1): 56–79

Adams CA, Weetman P, Jones E and Gray S J (1999) Reducing the burden of US GAAP reconciliations by foreign companies listed in the US: the key question of materiality European Accounting Review 8(1): 1–22.

Adams CA (1999) The Nature and Processes of Corporate Reporting on Ethical Issues Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA): London.

Adams CA and Harte GF (1999) Towards Corporate Accountability for Equal Opportunities Performance Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA): London. Occasional Research Paper No. 26.

Adams CA and Harte GF (1998) The Changing portrayal of the employment of women in British banks’ and retail companies’ corporate annual reports Accounting, Organizations and Society 23(8): 781–812. Read here

Adams CA, Hill WY and Roberts CB (1998) Corporate social reporting practices in Western Europe: legitimating corporate behaviour? British Accounting Review 30(1): 1–21.

Weetman P, Jones E, Adams CA and Gray S J (1998) Profit measurement in UK accounting standards: a case of increasing disharmony in relation to US GAAP and IASs Accounting and Business Research 28(3): 189–208.

Gray RH, Owen DL and Adams CA (1996) Accounting and Accountability: Changes and Challenges in Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting Prentice Hall International: New Jersey

Adams CA, Coutts A and Harte GF (1995) Corporate equal opportunities (non) disclosure British Accounting Review 27(2): 87–108.

Adams CA and Roberts CB (1995) Corporate ethics: an issue worthy of report? Accounting Forum 19(2/3): 128–142,

Adams CA, Weetman P and Gray SJ (1993) Reconciling national with international accounting standards: lessons from a study of Finnish corporate reports European Accounting Review 2(3): 471–494,

Abayo AG, Adams CA and Roberts CB (1993) Measuring the quality of corporate disclosure in less developed countries with particular reference to Tanzania Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation 2(2): 145–158