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  • "Environmental Management Accounting"
    Good intro article from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
  • IFAC - "International Guidance Document: Environmental Management Accounting"
    A "guidance document" from the International Federation of Accountants that "brings together practical introductory guidance for professional accountants and organizations wishing to explore and implement Environmental Management Accounting (EMA)." You may need to register for a free account to access.
  • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
    An independent non-profit with the stated mission to " develop and disseminate sustainability accounting standards that help public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information to investors." Standards downloads, access to webinars if part of their mailing list, etc.


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Sustainability Accounting and Accountability - Jeffrey Unerman (Editor); Jan Bebbington (Editor); Brendan O'Dwyer (Editor)
ISBN: 0415695589
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
The management and balancing of social, environmental and economic sustainability is one of the most complex and urgent challenges facing both private and public sector organizations today; with these challenges of sustainability posing many risks to, and many opportunities for, advancing the aims and performance of organizations. Accounting and accountability processes and practices provide key tools to help organizations to more effectively identify and manage the risks and opportunities of sustainability. Popular features from the first edition are retained, whilst recent developments in theory and practice are accounted for. New substantive chapters on water resource accounting, carbon accounting, and decision making have been introduced and the book continues to benefit from a host of expert contributors from around the world, including Jesse Dillard, Rob Gray, Craig Deegan. This comprehensive and authoritative textbook will continue to be a key resource for students of accounting and sustainability, as well as being a vital tool for researchers.

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Environmental Management Accounting for Cleaner Production - Stefan Schaltegger (Editor); Martin Bennett (Editor); Roger L. Burritt (Editor); Christine M. Jasch (Editor)
ISBN: 1402089120
Publication Date: 2008-10-15
Sustainability requires companies to develop in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Corporate sustainable development in turn requires movement towards cleaner production. In order to recognize the potential from cleaner production - reduced costs and fewer environmental impacts through the reduced use of materials - environmental management accounting (EMA) is a necessary information management tool. Environmental Management Accounting for Cleaner Production reveals a set of tools for companies to collect, evaluate and interpret the information they need to estimate their potential to use cleaner production to realize cost savings and to make the best decisions about the available cleaner production options. EMA is therefore the key for driving environmental progress, cost savings, increased competitiveness and corporate sustainability through the means of cleaner production.

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Sustainability, Environmental Performance and Disclosures - Marty Freedman; Bikki Jaggi
ISBN: 1849507643
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Accounting as an academic discipline has not made any real strides in addressing social and environmental concerns facing this planet. Since the first volume of the series was published in 2000, there have been no changes in the focus of accounting and it is still taught and practiced in the same way. Social/environmental/sustainability accounting is still a fringe subject despite the fact that ignoring environmental issues has serious consequences for the survival of this planet. Unless social and environmental accounting is formally recognized, firms will continue to view it as a means to convey information that enables them to manage their reputation without actually making any real efforts to improve the environment. The papers included in this volume discuss different aspects of sustainability, environmental performance, and environmental disclosures. Overall, it is fairly obvious from these papers that firms are aware of the impact of their activities on the environment. Some of the papers analyze what firms do about environmental issues and how these activities and their impact on the environment are disclosed in the financial statements. Though the papers come to different conclusions, it becomes clear from these studies that firms have problems in managing the impact of their environmental activities as well as in disclosing full and realistic information on these activities. Thus, it appears from these papers that firms manage their message to look good to outsiders.

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Accounting and Control for Sustainability - Lucrezia Songini (Editor); Anna Pistoni (Editor); Christian Herzig (Editor)
Call Number: HD60 .A28 2013
ISBN: 1780527667
Publication Date: 2013-11-25
Sustainability performance measurement and communication play a central role in supporting the implementation of the sustainability strategy, embedding sustainability into day-to-day operations and decision making, and developing relationships with stakeholders based on trust, transparency, and legitimacy. The purpose of this book is to explore new challenges and new prospects for sustainability accounting research and to discuss future directions of research. It considers a large spectrum of different theoretical lenses and research methods, and explores various types of organizational settings and practices in different countries. This book brings together articles that consider the main areas of accounting: financial accounting, auditing and managerial accounting, in order to critically review and advance theorizations and methodological applications to the study of all main accounting fields in a sustainability context. It aims to interest a quite large number of active researchers, professors and practitioners (CPAs and CMAs, managers and executives, but also consultants), both from the accounting field, and from the sustainability and CSR domains.

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Contemporary Issues in Sustainability Accounting, Assurance and Reporting - Stewart Jones (Editor); Janek Ratnatunga (Editor)
ISBN: 1780520204
Publication Date: 2012-06-15
Given the strong international interest in CSR/Sustainability reporting generally, this book addresses a broad range of innovative and contemporary topics which will have interest and appeal to a diverse readership, including government and private sector regulators, special interest groups, lenders, investors, analysts, auditors, financial commentators, academics and postgraduate students.

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Accounting for Sustainability - Anthony G. Hopwood (Editor); Jeffrey Unerman (Editor); Jessica Fries (Editor); Prince of Wales Publishing Co. Staff (Foreword by)
Call Number: HD60.3 .A25 2010
ISBN: 1849710678
Publication Date: 2010-06-23
If businesses and other organizations are to meet the many and complex challenges of sustainable development, then they all, both public and private, need to embed sustainability considerations into their decision-making and reporting. However, the translation of this aspiration into effective action is often inhibited by the lack of systems and procedures that take sustainability into account. Accounting for Sustainability: Practical Insights will help organizations to address these issues. The book sets out a number of tools and approaches that have been developed and applied by leading organizations to: Embed sustainability into decision-making, extending beyond an organization's boundaries to take into account suppliers, customers and other stakeholders Measure and link sustainability and financial performance Integrate sustainability into 'mainstream' reporting, both to management and external stakeholders In-depth cases studies from Aviva, BT, the Environment Agency, EDF Energy, HSBC, Novo Nordisk, Sainsbury's and West Sussex County Council show in detail how accounting for sustainability works in practice in a wide range of organizational contexts. Published with The Prince's Charities: Accounting for Sustainability

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Environmental and Material Flow Cost Accounting - Christine Jasch
ISBN: 1402090285
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Recognizing the increasing importance of environmental issues, energy prices, material availability and efficiency and the difficulty of adequately managing these issues in traditional accounting systems, several companies all over the world have started implementing Environmental and Material Flow Cost Accounting (EMA and MFCA). "Environmental and Material Flow Costs Accounting" explains and updates the approach developed for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/UNDESA) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and in addition includes experiences of several case studies and recent developments regarding EMA and MFCA in national statistics and ISO standardization.

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Cleaner Technologies - Jurgis Kazimieras Staniskis; Zaneta Stasiskiene; Christine Jasch
Call Number: TD194.7 .S73 2008
ISBN: 1604566140
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
This book treats the topics of preventive innovations and their financing possibilities as an interrelated whole. It provides an in-depth description of cleaner technologies, highlights environmental management accounting and material flow costing as tools for preventive innovation development, and gives an overview of environmental development measures for industry. It aims to raise awareness within financing institutions on financing options of preventive cleaner technologies, a highly debated topic also with options to reduce climate change. The text is supplemented with numerous figures, tables and annexes.

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Environmental Management Accounting and Supply Chain Management - Roger L. Burritt (Editor); Stefan Schaltegger (Editor); Martin Bennett (Editor); Tuula Pohjola (Editor); Maria Csutora (Editor)
ISBN: 9400713894
Publication Date: 2011-05-21
This volume's focus on the environmental accounting of supply chain processes is of particular relevance because these processes supply data about the environmental impact of relationships between business organisations, an area where the boundary separating internal and external accounting is ill-defined. Here, contributors advocate what they term 'accounting for cooperation' as a more environmentally positive complement to the paradigmatic practice of 'accounting for competition'.


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