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The study of the interactions between business organizations and their natural environments has gained momentum recently under the aegis of social and environmental accounting and reporting (SEAR), and as a diluted form of response in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Environmental Accounting, Sustainability and Accountability envisages accounting as an effective instrument in improving this interrelationship. It comprehensively describes how organizations can capture their environmental performance and thereby address societal concerns. The book closely explores how organizations can embed care for the environment as fundamental to their functioning. It broadly covers traditional accounting as a measuring instrument, contemporary advances and unresolved problems, alternative perspectives and recent developments. The central idea proposed here is to evolve the environmental accounting framework and bring calculative aspects into sustainability thinking that businesses are ...

Advancements in Costing Models to Handle Externalities
Advancements in costing models to handle externalities

Before exploring how an environmental accounting framework can be tested and how insights gained from certain case studies may be used, this chapter details the constructs needed to model the monetization of externalities. The modelling exercise contributes to build how externalities can be evaluated as social liabilities while appreciating limitations (explored previously) that have been a lexicon in environmental accounting theories. However, all that the valuation models achieve is to bring a certain degree of objectivity to the scientific and calculative aspects of the evaluation process. Building costing formulations and related exercises is expected to help businesses appreciate the complexities as compared to capturing the impacts of waste in nominal terms. ...

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