The changing portrayal of the employment of women in British banks’ and retail companies’ corporate annual reports

by Carol A Adams and George Harte This paper examines disclosure with respect to gender and employment in the corporate annual reports of major British banking and retail companies during the period 1935-1993. Setting the disclosures in the social, political and economic context of six distinct periods, the authors suggest that the position of women […]

Reporting and the Politics of Difference: (Non)Disclosure on Ethnic Minorities

By Carol A Adams and Ken J McPhail This article is based on two related research questions. First, what is the level of disclosure on ethnic minorities in the two sectors of the U.K. economy that historically have employed the most ethnic minorities: the banking and retail sectors? And secondly, what influences the (non)disclosure? It […]

Exploring metaphors of capitals and the framing of multiple capitals: challenges and opportunities for IR

by Andrea Coulson, Carol A Adams, Michael Nugent and Kathryn Haynes published in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential of the metaphor of capital, and to chart the development of the multiple capitals concept in the International <IR> Framework and consider how it might develop […]

Sustainable Procurement in Australian and UK Universities

by Suzanne Young, Swati Nagpal and Carol A Adams Abstract Sustainable procurement is a growing phenomenon and a key component of organizations’ Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability strategy. The focus of this paper is sustainable procurement (SP) at universities in Australia and the UK. The study identifies a dearth of academic research into SP at universities […]

Equal opportunity for women in the workplace: A study of corporate disclosure

This study published by the ACCA and authored by Kate Grosser, Carol Adams and Jeremy Moon compares research findings on how a sample of the largest companies in the UK, Australia and the US have publicly reported on equal opportunities for women in the workplace. It examines the different regulatory and voluntary frameworks relating to […]

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 […]