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The MultiCapital Scorecard

Mark W. McElroy (Thomas & McElroy LLC, Thetford Center, Vermont, USA)
Martin P. Thomas (Thomas & McElroy LLC, Thetford Center, Vermont, USA)

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

ISSN: 2040-8021

Article publication date: 7 September 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to disclose a new performance accounting method called the MultiCapital Scorecard, which makes it possible to measure, manage and report Triple Bottom Line performance relative to organization-specific norms for impacts on multiple capitals.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors set out to expand a pre-existing multiple capital accounting system known as Context-Based Sustainability. Whereas Context-Based Sustainability assesses the social and environmental performance of organizations relative to norms for impacts on non-economic capitals, the MultiCapital Scorecard adds economic performance to the mix.

Findings

The authors find that it is indeed possible to measure and report the social, environmental and economic performance of an organization in an integrated, context-based way relative to norms for impacts on multiple capitals. The MultiCapital Scorecard is the result.

Practical implications

The MultiCapital Scorecard is an open-source methodology that any organization can use. For managers or accountants interested in testing, evaluating or adopting multiple capital accounting, it provides a practical and systematic solution.

Social implications

The MultiCapital Scorecard is transformational, in that it holds organizations and commerce writ large accountable to the limits in, and demands for, vital capitals in the world on a fair and proportionate basis. No other method does this, and yet it must be done if there is to be sustainability in the conduct of human affairs.

Originality/value

The paper describes the world’s first multiple capital, context-based accounting system that organizations can use to measure, manage and report their Triple Bottom Line performance in integrated and quantitative terms. The MultiCapital Scorecard is the authors’ original creation.

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Citation

McElroy, M.W. and Thomas, M.P. (2015), "The MultiCapital Scorecard", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 425-438. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAMPJ-04-2015-0025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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