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 […]

The Australian Dairy Industry releases its second sustainability progress report

by Carol Adams Have you ever wondered what the Dairy Industry does for communities, to protect animal well-being or to reduce its environmental impact? The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) and Dairy Australia makes a bold attempt to answer these questions in its 2014 Sustainability Framework Report. The industry embarked on a process of determining […]

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 7,000 times from the journal website.  Citations to article are here Executive Summary/Abstact The purpose of this paper is to present a case for research in ethical, social and environmental (or […]

Working together for corporate reporting to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: UNCTAD wokshop

The UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) ISAR (International Standards of Accounting and Reporting) Workshop in Geneva on 13th October brought together representatives of standard setters and expert panelists to facilitate the promotion of cohesive reporting to enhance sustainable development. UNCTAD ISAR was the first global organisation to make comprehensive recommendations on non-financial reporting […]

Europe focuses on the role of corporate reporting in transition towards sustainable development

Having advocated for many years that corporate reporting could, should and must play a significant role in the transition towards sustainability, it is pleasing to see the topic at centre stage during a fortnight in Europe at workshops, conferences and other meetings in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Berlin and Geneva including the UNCTAD workshop on the Future […]

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 importance of social resilience in organisations

by James Ayers The changing face of society is impacting the role and functioning of today’s organisations.  Growing social and ecological uncertainty and changing human needs require a new role for today’s organisations and institutions. The question is, can organisations survive, flourish and find their place in a new paradigm? This is social resilience.  A […]

Superfunds looking for greater transparency on ESG risks

Australian Council of Superannuation Investors works to improve corporate the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of Australian companies.  It does this by providing research and advice to its member superannuation funds and also through engagement with the Boards of Australia’s largest companies. I spoke with Paul Murphy, Executive Manager, Institutional Investments and Policy about […]