Current environmental accounting problematic: a shift from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism

Nandan, Ruvendra K., and Lodhia, Sumit K. (2004) Current environmental accounting problematic: a shift from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism. Accountancy Business and the Public Interest, 3 (1). pp. 1-31.

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This study goes beyond celebration of catalogue of achievements in voluntary environmental disclosures in corporate annual reports, into actual commitment by the industrialised world in tackling environmental degradation. It critically evaluates the mainstream theoretical arguments, and contributions made by critical theory literature. Discussion then shifts to the failed promises of Marx and Habermas on ecological crisis. As a way forward, an ecocentric perspective is introduced, one that draws upon an ecologically informed philosophy of internal relatedness to narrow the gap between ‘good news’ environmental disclosures and actual commitment to environmental protection. The paper ends with some limitations of ecocentrism, followed by discussion and conclusion.

Item ID: 13836
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-7718
Keywords: anthropocentrism; ecocentrism;eEnvironmental accounting
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 23:22
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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