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Measuring corporate sustainability

Atkinson, Giles (2000) Measuring corporate sustainability. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 43 (2). pp. 235-252. ISSN 0964-0568

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09640560010694


Although sustainable development has been interpreted primarily as a national (or global) goal, there is increasing discussion of the 'sustainable city', the 'sustainable sector' and the 'sustainable business'. In this paper, the notion of corporate sustainability is explored and developed. We argue that one of the keys to understanding corporate sustainability is full cost accounting, that is, valuing pollution in corporate green accounts. Defining and measuring corporate sustainability is more than just an academic concern. Corporate entities are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate how they contribute to the national sustainability goals outlined by government. Hence, this paper seeks to provide practical advice on how businesses might adapt and improve current environmental accounting and reporting practice.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2000 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 11:49
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:34

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