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Sustainable Measures: Evaluation and Reporting of Environmental and Social Performance

Edited By: Martin Bennett and Peter James

586 pages, Figs, tabs

Greenleaf Publishing

Hardback | Dec 1999 | #82011 | ISBN: 1874719160
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This volume collects together some of the key work and individuals from around the world concerned with the topic of sustainable measures. Contributions include: environmental and social reporting; the GRI discussion draft; the FEE study of environmental reporting; Janet Ranganathan of the World Resources Institute on sustainability measures; and Martin Bennett and Peter James on ISO 14031 and the future of environmental performance evaluation. There are also chapters examining practice in Austria, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands and South Africa, developments in electronic reporting, as well as case studies of Baxter, Kunert, Niagara Mohawk, Unox, The Body Shop and the UK water industry, and an analysis of leading social reports.

UNEP welcomes the publication of Sustainable Measures. It is an excellent overview of state-of-the-art developmentsin this field and should be of considerable use to organisations seekingto respond to increasing stakeholder pressures for greatertransparency and comparability in the reporting of environmentaland social performance.' Klaus Topfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 'This very useful book collects ideas and examples fromaround the world. It should add considerably to the understanding andfurther development of social and environmental performance evaluation and reporting.' Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute. 'I'm sure that the wide spread of authors and subjects collected herewill be essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present and future of environmental and social performancemeasurement and reporting.' Lise Kingo, Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations, Novo Nordisk. 'We will certainly be taking on board many of the ideasand lessons contained within this book.' Mar?a Emilia Correa, Executive Director, the Colombian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CECODES). '... a key reference work ... there is something here for everyone: discussions on benchmarking, best practice across sectors and countries, emerging trends ... All articles are rigorous and meaty, written by leaders in their respective fields. Sustainable Measures will be essential for anyone specialising in this field who needs a definitive overview.' Tomorrow magazine. '... offers a very fine taking-of-the-pulse of developments in, what the editors call, environmental, social and sustainability performance evaluation and reporting ... An enormous coverage with much up-to-the-minute experience laid out for our nourishment.' Social and Environmental Accounting. 'The book will be essential reading for academics, campaigners, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in the issue of environmental and social performance.' European Foundation for Management Development. 'With the developing popularity of the 'triple bottom line' ... this book provides a great deal of useful material for management accountants and others about the environmental aspects ... If your organisation needs better environmental and social performance measures for more effective internal management, this is certainly a book worth consulting.' Handbook of Management Accounting. 'This collection of essays is primarily concerned with the measurement and reporting of environmental performance by companies, and in this is comprehensive and engaging ... If you want information on environmental reporting, this is the place to look.' Community Affairs Briefing. 'Sustainable Measures is one of the better books to have been published recently on the topic of environmental and social reporting ... a very useful starting point for any institution assessing its position and future.' Australian Minerals and Energy Environment Foundation. 'It is full of valuable, theoretical and practical information which ... will be of immense value to the important area of motivating and measuring environmental management.' Eagle Bulletin. 'An interesting collection of essays on trends in social accounting internationally, from Austria to Japan.' Business Ethics


Forewords Klaus TOpfer, United Nations Environment Programme Jonathan Lash, World Resources Institute Lise Kingo, Novo Nordisk Mar?a Emilia Correa, BCSD Colombia Introduction Martin Bennett, Gloucestershire Business School, UK, Peter James, Sustainable Business Centre, UK, and Leon Klinkers, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Netherlands 1. Key Themes in Environmental, Social and Sustainability Performance Evaluation and Reporting, Martin Bennett and Peter James Section 1: Evaluating Environmental Performance 2. ISO 14031 and the Future of Environmental Performance Evaluation, Martin Bennett and Peter James 3. An Environmental Performance Measurement Framework for Business, William Young, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, and Richard Welford, Huddersfield University, UK 4. Standardisation: The Next Chapter in Corporate Environmental Performance Evaluation and Reporting, Allen White and Diana Zinkl, Tellus Institute, USA 5. Information Systems for Corporate Environmental Management Accounting and Performance Measurement, Pall Rikhardsson, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Denmark 6. Ecobalancing in Austria: Its Use in SMEs and for Benchmarking, Christine Jasch, Institut fur Okologische Wirtschaftsforschung, Austria 7. Ecobalance Analysis as a Managerial Tool at Kunert AG, Rainer Rauberger, Institut fur Management und Umwelt, Germany, and Bernd Wagner, Augsburg University Management Centre, Germany 8. Environmental Performance Evaluation and Reporting in Developing Countries: The Case of Indonesia's Programme for Pollution Control, Evaluation and Rating (PROPER), Shakeb Afsah, International Resources Group Ltd, USA, and Damayanti Ratunanda, Environmental Impact and Management Agency, Indonesia 9. Evaluating Corporate Environmental Performance in Developing Countries: TERI's Eco-Rating System, Vandana Bhatnagar, Tata Energy Research Institute, India 10. Measuring and Benchmarking Environmental Performance in the Electric Utility Sector: The Experience of Niagara Mohawk, Joseph Miakisz, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, USA 11. A Weighted Environmental Indicator at Unox: An Advance towards Sustainable Development?, Willem van der Werf, Unilever, Netherlands 12. The Evolution of Integrated Environmental Performance Evaluation and Reporting at Baxter International, Martin Bennett and Peter James 13. Evaluating the Whole-Life Environmental Performance of Products: A Comparison of Eco-Points, Eco-Compass and Eco-Costing Approaches, Martin Bennett, Andrew Hughes, University of Bradford, UK, and Peter James Section 2: Reporting Environmental Performance 14. Towards a Generally Accepted Framework for Environmental Reporting, Roger Adams, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK, Martin Houldin, EMAG Ltd, UK, and Saskia Slomp, European Federation of Accountants, Belgium 15. A Survey of Company Environmental Reporting: The 1997 Third International Benchmark Survey, John Elkington, Niklas Kreander and Helen Stibbard, SustainAbility, UK 16. Statutory Environmental Reporting in Denmark: Status and Challenges, Pall M. Rikhardsson, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Denmark 17. Reaching Consensus on the Implementation of Good Practice in Environmental Reporting: A Dutch NGO's Perspective, Jan Willem Biekart, Stichting Natuur en Milieu, Netherlands, and Karin Ree, University of Groningen, Netherlands 18. Environmental Reporting in Japan: Current Status and Implications of ISO 14001 and a Pollutant Release Inventory, Takehiko Murayama, Fukushima University, Japan 19. South African Corporate Environmental Reporting: Contrasts with the Experience in Developed Countries, Charl de Villiers, University of Pretoria, South Africa 20. The Relationship between Company Environmental Reports and their Environmental Performance: A Study of the UK Water Industry, Peter Hopkinson, University of Bradford, UK, and Michael Whitaker, freelance environmental consultant, UK 21. Internet-Based Environmental Reporting: Key Components, Kathryn Jones and Julia Walton, University of Sunderland, UK 22. Sustainable Industrial Development: Benchmarking Environmental Policies and Reports, Riva Krut, Benchmark Environmental Consulting, USA, and Ken Munis, Environmental Protection Agency, USA Section 3: Social and Sustainability Performance Evaluation and Reporting 23. Sustainability Reporting Guidelines: Exposure Draft for Public Comment and Pilot-Testing, The Global Reporting Initiative 24. Signs of Sustainability: Measuring Corporate Environmental and Social Performance, Janet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute, USA 25. Socially Challenged: Trends in Social Reporting, John Elkington and Franceska van Dijk, SustainAbility, UK 26. Social Reporting: Developing Theory and Current Practice, Andrew Wilson, Ashridge Business School, UK 27. A New Deal for Sustainable Development in Business: Taking the Social Dimension Seriously at The Body Shop, Maria Sillanpaa, KPMG, UK

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