Editorial

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

ISSN: 2040-8021

Article publication date: 30 August 2011

Citation

Adams, C.A. (2011), "Editorial", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/sampj.2011.46802aaa.002

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Editorial

Article Type: Editorial From: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1

The Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (SAMPJ) provides a forum for quality research contributions with practice and policy implications concerning the interactions between social and environmental sustainability, accounting, management and policy.

All research papers are reviewed by a minimum of two, usually three reviewers, with different disciplinary backgrounds. This discipline mix of reviewers ensures that research papers build on relevant work of more than one discipline and are accessible to readers of different disciplinary backgrounds. Highly applied research papers are also sent to a practitioner reviewer for input on the practical and policy implications of the research. The shorter news articles are sent to two reviewers and to date have all been invited submissions. Despite this only being the journal’s third issue, submissions to date have come from 27 different countries. The acceptance rate for research papers is under 25 percent.

Research paper and news article contributions from differing socio-economic and political environments with an international-, national- or organisation-specific analysis taking a single, inter- or multi- disciplinary perspective are considered by the SAMPJ. Submissions contributing to practical and policy solutions to improve the social and environmental sustainability performance of (private, public sector and non-governmental) organisations and societies are particularly encouraged.

This research papers and news articles in this issue of the SAMPJ address sustainability issues and suggest practice and policy solutions from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

MacDonaldet al. (2011) examine the role of public dialogue in the social and cultural sustainability of biotechnology developments in New Zealand with implications for the ability of government funded research to influence policy. Lu (2011) finds that the SO2 emissions trading practice in China may not achieve carbon reductions. Gomes (2011) makes an original contribution to the literature on growth and environmental issues.

The remaining three papers have an accounting focus, Albelda (2011) examining how management accounting techniques may contribute to environmental management and Farneti and Siboni (2011) and Bellringer et al. (2011) examining aspects of sustainability reporting in local governments in Italy and New Zealand, respectively.

The news articles provide updates on practice and views on topical issues ranging from: the integration of gender measures in sustainability reporting (Miles, 2011); greenhouse gas reporting and financial analysis of carbon risk associated with investments (Nelson et al., 2011); social responsibility measures performance measures for cooperative enterprises (Mayo, 2011); and, the role of business schools in developing leaders able to address climate change and sustainability issues (Adams et al., 2011).

Lastly, Boyce (2011) and Calton (2011) review two books each aiming to push boundaries in creating a more sustainable future.

Thank you to the editorial board members and reviewers who have helped the authors to improve the quality of their work.

Carol A. Adams

References

Adams, C.A., Heijltjes, M.G., Jack, G., Marjoribanks, T. and Powell, M. (2011), “The development of leaders able to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges: the role of business schools”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Albelda, E. (2011), “The role of management accounting practices as facilitators of the environmental management: evidence from EMAS organisations”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Bellringer, A., Ball, A. and Craig, R. (2011), “Reasons for sustainability reporting by New Zealand local governments”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Boyce, G. (2011), Book review: Philip Monaghan, Sustainability in Austerity: How Local Government Can Deliver During Times of Crisis, 2010, Greenleaf, Sheffield, in Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Calton, J.M. (2011), Book review: Steve Waddell, Global Action Networks: Creating Our Future Together, 2011, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, in Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Farneti, F. and Siboni, B. (2011), “An analysis of the Italian governmental guidelines and of the local governments’ practices for social reports”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Gomes, O. (2011), “Learning equilibria in growth-pollution models”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Lu, Z. (2011), “Emissions trading in China: lessons from Taiyuan SO2 emissions trading program?”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Macdonald, L.R., Varey, R.J. and Barker, J. (2011), “Science and technology development and the depoliticization of the public space: the case of socially and culturally sustainable biotechnology in New Zealand”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Mayo, E. (2011), “Co-operative performance”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Miles, K. (2011), “Embedding gender in sustainability reports”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1

Nelson, T., Wood, E., Hunt, J. and Thurbon, C. (2011), “Improving Australian greenhouse gas reporting and financial analysis of carbon risk associated with investments”, Sustainability Accounting and Management Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1