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Sustainability Accounting And Accountability In Public Water Companies

  • Carlos Larrinaga-González

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    (Department of Business Administration, Universidad de Burgos.)

  • Vicente Pérez-Chamorro

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    (Department of Business Administration, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

This paper is the report of a field study of nine public water utilities conducted with the aim of exploring whether distinctive, and more progressive, processes of sustainability accounting and accountability are possible in public sector organisations. The findings suggest the existence of an intense communication activity through reporting media that are different from the conventional stand-alone sustainability reports. Moreover, these disclosures seem to be coupled with real organisational strategies and operational activities.

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Paper provided by Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Business Administration in its series Working Papers with number 08.05.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pab:wpbsad:08.05
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