Australian corporate water reporting

past practices and future possibilities

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Focusing on water sustainability, this paper reviews recent studies on corporate water-related disclosures in annual reports, discrete sustainability reports and websites. Findings of relatively low levels and quality of reporting are consistent with more general disclosure studies. Further, the mismatch between corporate and environmental boundaries limits the potential efficacy of such reporting. Two possible alternatives to traditional corporate reporting are explored, namely reporting at the catchment level and product labeling, particularly in respect to food. It is suggested that both alternatives hold more promise for improving accountability and reducing water consumption than more traditional notions of sustainability reporting.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventCentre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (6th : 2007) - Sydney
Duration: 2 Dec 20074 Dec 2007


ConferenceCentre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (6th : 2007)


  • water accounting, Global Reporting Initiative, triple bottom line

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