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Sustainability Accounting and Accountability in Public Water Companies

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  • Carlos Larrinaga-Gonzélez
  • Vincente Pérez-Chamorro

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This article analyses the ways that Spanish public water companies communicate sustainability information to their stakeholders and explores whether distinctive and more progressive accountability is possible in the public sector in comparison with private sector organizations. Two distinct activities are identified in sustainable accountability: public organizations are engaged in informal as well as formal reporting activity, and their reporting seems to be coupled with real organizational strategies and operational activities.
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  • Carlos Larrinaga-Gonzélez & Vincente Pérez-Chamorro, 2008. "Sustainability Accounting and Accountability in Public Water Companies," Public Money & Management, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, vol. 28(6), pages 337-343, December.
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