Five steps to aligning the SDGs with the Integrated Reporting Framework

By Carol A Adams The <IR> Framework provides an opportunity for organisations seeking to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to get Board level attention for integrating them into strategy and reporting. This article identifies five steps for embedding the SDGs in alignment with the valuation creation process of the <IR> Framework. The steps […]

Transformative change towards sustainability: the interaction between organisational discourses and organisational practices

by Venkateshwaran Narayanan and  Carol A Adams This paper adopts a case study approach to explore the complex process of organisational change towards greater social and environmental sustainability. The case study of a major global financial services organisation involved interviews and examination of company documents, and their website over the period 2000-2014. The rare longitudinal empirical evidence […]

KPMG’s approach to valuing externalities: better decisions or fundamentally flawed?

by Carol Adams Approaches to valuing social and environmental activities have recently provided consultants with a new stream of work and academics with something to critique.  Some are genuinely horrified at the prospect of putting a monetary value or cost on something which is priceless, such as water or biodiversity. KPMG’s New Vision of Value might […]

Understanding the importance of values to the sustainability agenda

by Ed Mayo Following the Oxford English Dictionary, values are what matter to us, what motivate us. As such, values have the power to encourage voluntary action and effort that goes beyond the narrow limits of individual self-interest. We have no shortage of tools for sustainability. We can grapple it into place, perhaps aiming for […]

The SDGs, corporate strategy and corporate reporting

by Carol A Adams Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by Governments in late 2015[1] a number of companies have been thinking about how to incorporate them into their integrated reports and strategies. Novo Nordisk, an award winning integrated reporter, was one of the first to comment on the relationships between the […]

The future of corporate reporting, the Sustainable Development Goals and capital markets

In this video Paul Druckman talks about the future of corporate reporting and accounting for sustainable development. He discusses the need to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into the thinking of capital markets. He argues for increased take up of integrated reporting and the need for convergence across the various standard and guideline setters. Whilst […]

Paul Druckman speaks out on social and environmental sustainability and accountants

In this video Paul Druckman, CEO of the IIRC, talks with Carol Adams about his interest in social and environmental sustainability issues, their relevance to business and their place in the training of accountants. Paul’s interest in sustainability led to him taking a Diploma in Environmental Management. He explains his concern regarding the lack of […]

The art of communicating corporate social responsibility – and some learnings from VW

by Carol A Adams A key challenge in communicating an organisations’ corporate social responsibility initiatives is making those initiatives sound like they matter – to the organisation.  That requires an understanding that they do in fact matter, that they are more than just a ‘nice to have’. All too often companies write up their social, […]

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 […]

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 […]