Options for Australian corporate water reporting

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Abstract

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 labelling. 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
Title of host publicationProceedings of Water Down Under 2008
Subtitle of host publicationincorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, and, 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, 14-17 April, 2008, Adelaide, Australia
EditorsMartin Lambert, Trevor Daniell, Michael Leonard
Place of PublicationModbury, SA
PublisherEngineers Australia : Causal Productions
Pages531-541
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0858257351
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research (4th : 2008) - Adelaide
Duration: 15 Apr 200817 Apr 2008

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research (4th : 2008)
CityAdelaide
Period15/04/0817/04/08

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