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Accounting for modern slavery, employees and work conditions in business – AAAJ Special Issue

A Call for Papers on ‘Accounting for modern slavery, employees and work conditions in business’ has just been announced to be published in a Special Issue of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. Full details can be found here. Guest Editors for the Special Issue are: Dr Katherine Christ, University of South Australia Business School Professor […]

Modern slavery – time for action

Dr Katherine Christ and Roger Burritt draw attention to the complicity of Australian companies in modern slavery activities, especially through international supply chains. In one example of a leading Australian company’s experience Andrew Forrest, Chair of Fortescue Metals, acknowledges when reviewing their supply chains and strategies for removing modern slavery ‘We had slavery in our supply […]

Carbon risk – Australian companies underprepared?

With the USA possibly in the process of pulling out from the Paris agreement and definitely reducing the scope of EPA climate change activities it is chilling to learn from Jeff Tollefson, Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unraveling (Nature magazine on April 28, 2017), that parts of the Arctic are already warming […]

Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017

Wending its way through the Parliament of Australia and currently at Bill stage in the House of Representatives is the Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017. If passed, like carbon emissions reporting, it will be a topic to keep an eye on, for academics and practitioners alike. The objectives of the Act are: (a)  […]

Accounting for rivers: do they have legal standing?

Corporations have legal standing – they can sue and be sued in their own name. Now three rivers have standing and can sue and be sued in their own name too. These rivers, two in India and one in New Zealand, have guardians and some funding. In India the rivers are to be treated as minors […]

Coopetition as a potential strategy for corporate sustainability

Christ, K., Burritt, R. and Varsei, M. (2017) ‘Coopetition as a potential strategy for corporate sustainability’, Business Strategy & the Environment, has been accepted for publication – shortly to appear online. Abstract: The paper is among the first to consider coopetition strategy in the context of corporate level sustainability. Through examination of literature and an example […]

Putting Sustainable Beef on the Table

Dr Katherine Christ and Professor Roger Burritt in their article ‘Putting Sustainable Beef on the Table‘ published on 3 February 2017 in The Sustainability Report, argue sustainability will only be achieved when the industry acknowledges it is only as strong as its most unsustainable farmer. “On the 11 of January in a move likely to […]