Advances in Environmental Accounting and Management, Volume by Martin Freedman, Bikki Jaggi

By Martin Freedman, Bikki Jaggi

The accounting career, specifically within the US, has misplaced credibility and this has severe implications for environmental reporting. As a few papers during this quantity attest, the volume of environmental reporting has elevated within the interval from the 1980s-mid Nineties. in spite of the fact that, the price of these disclosures is open to critical query. The study for many of the papers during this quantity was once accomplished sooner than the Enron scandal, however the findings point out a necessity to think again what's suggested in regards to the firm's courting to the actual setting.

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As noted by Jones et al. (1999, p. ” More optimistically, SustainAbility/UNEP (1999, p. 18), it its 1999 Engaging Stakeholders program report, suggests: The Internet will provide both new (increasingly ‘wireless’) channels for existing forms of corporate accountability and help evolve new forms of accountability and corporate governance. Imagine, for example, that a company’s stakeholders had access not only to online data on how it was performing against key sustainability-related targets, but also to instantaneous benchmark results, showing how it measures up against its competitors – and where areas of risk might be.

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Sample firm descriptive data are summarized in Table 1. Legitimacy and the Internet 39 Table 1. Sample Firm Data. Chemical Industry Electrical Equipment Industry Firms included on Fortune 500 listing Firms excluded due to Divestiture/take-over/wholly-owned sub No annual report received No web page access 40 39 2 5 1 2 6 1 Final sample 32 30 Mean 1997 revenues (in $millions) Median 1997 revenues (in $millions) $4,885 $2,704 $7,364a $2,105 Note: A listing of the sample firms is available from the authors upon written request.

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