Case Studies: Integrated approaches to environmental sustainability

by Carol A Adams, Roger Burritt and Geoff Frost These case studies were developed to assist practitioners and academics in understanding the relationships between environmental management systems, external environmental reporting, stakeholder engagement and drivers of organisational change leading to improved environmental performance. Together they provide guidance for organisational participants in making choices about the development […]

Internal organisational factors influencing corporate social and ethical reporting

by Carol A Adams. This article has been cited over 1,000 times and is in the top ten  most cited articles published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal in its 30 years. Executive summary/Abstract Prior empirical research into factors which are influential in determining the extent and nature of corporate social reporting has primarily been […]

Engaging with organisations in pursuit of improved sustainability accounting and performance

by Carol A. Adams and Carlos Larrinaga‐González  Published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. At the time of posting this article has been downloaded over 11,000 times since 2013 from the journal website.  It is in the top 50 most cited articles published in the journal’s 30 year history. Citations to article are here Executive Summary/Abstact […]

Sustainability and the company of the future

By Carol A Adams  © BBVA OpenMind Introducing the company of the future The company of the future will do business differently understanding the value of its relationships and the resources and services provided by the natural environment.  It will be very different from the company of today. Above all, it will face a high […]

The International Integrated Reporting Council: a call to action

by Carol A Adams This paper sets out the case for integrated reporting and its potential to change the thinking of corporate actors leading to the further integration of sustainability actions and impacts into corporate strategic planning and decision making. It calls for academics to engage with the process and to contribute to the development […]

Moral accounting? Employee disclosures from a stakeholder accountability perspective

by Sarah Williams and Carol A Adams.  Published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine how disclosure of employee issues by a large UK bank (the NatWest) may or may not promote transparency and accountability (as assessed by the completeness of the account with respect to material […]

The ethical, social and environmental reporting-performance portrayal gap

by Carol A Adams. Published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. This article is in the top 10 articles downloaded from the journal website and the top 15 most cited.  The article has been cited over 700 times. Abstract  The purpose of this article is twofold. First, it assesses in detail the extent to which corporate […]

Making a difference: Sustainability reporting, accountability and organisational change

by Carol A Adams and Patty McNicholas. Published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. At the time of posting this article has been downloaded over 9,000 times from the journal website.  Citations to the article are here. Abstract The purpose of this study is to contribute to the understanding of corporate processes for developing a […]

Measurement of sustainability performance in the public sector

by Carol A Adams, Stephen Muir and Zahirul Hoque published in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Abstract This article identifies current performance measurement practice within state, territory and federal government departments in Australia with a particular emphasis on the importance of sustainability performance measures. Whilst voluntary sustainability reporting by private sector organisations aligned, for […]

The mediating effects of the adoption of an environmental information system on top management’s commitment and environmental performance

by Sarah Yang Spencer, Carol Adams and Prem W.S. published in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Abstract This paper aims to examine the antecedent factor, top management’s commitment to environmental sustainability, for the adoption of a sophisticated internal environmental information system; measured by the broad-scope, timeliness, aggregation and integration of such information. The paper also seeks to examine whether […]