Sustainable development and environmental accounting: the challenge to the economics and accounting profession

Herath, Gamini 2005, Sustainable development and environmental accounting: the challenge to the economics and accounting profession, International journal of social economics, vol. 32, no. 12, pp. 1035-1050.

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Title Sustainable development and environmental accounting: the challenge to the economics and accounting profession
Author(s) Herath, Gamini
Journal name International journal of social economics
Volume number 32
Issue number 12
Start page 1035
End page 1050
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0306-8293
Keyword(s) Environmental management
Natural resources
Social policy
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of natural resources accounting in sustainable development. Natural resource accounting is important because the welfare of a nation measured in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) has several weaknesses. Design/methodology/approach – This paper achieves this objective by identifying the present status, the constraints and the challenges for the economics and accounting professions. Findings – The main weakness of GDP as a measure of development is that it does not take into account damages to environmental resources. However, the improvement of the concept to include environmental resource use is made difficult because of the difficulties of measuring environmental damage. The challenge to the economics and accounting profession is to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration, development of a framework to explicitly include the environment, development of credible valuation procedures for the environment, and inclusion of the various ethical positions advanced by various groups on the value of the environment. Practical implications – Some headway has been made on these issues during the last decade but a major challenge still lies ahead in further improving these approaches so that sustainable development becomes an achievable goal. Originality/value – This paper brings together diverse views and fusing them together providing a future path for research in environmental accounting to achieve sustainable development.
Language eng
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002991

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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