Workshop: Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

As part of Sustainability Contested, the Essex Sustainability Institute and Essex Business School are hosting a free half-day workshop focused on corporate approaches to sustainability and responsibility on Monday 19 November.

The concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability have become mainstream issues in business and management, but some critics wonder whether these have become hollow concepts or simply marketing exercises. Two high-profile speakers with extensive experience in the corporate world will share their reflections on whether small, medium-sized and big companies can contribute to solving the environmental and social challenges the planet now faces. The main speakers are Will Sambrook from UK environmental charity the Green Light Trust and Albert Low from My Duc Ceramics in Vietnam, which has pioneered environmentally friendly production processes in the Far East.

The workshop will be held at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus from 2pm to 5pm, in room 5N.3.2. Attendance is free, but prior registration is required. To register, please click through to:

If you have any queries, please contact Steffen Boehm by e-mail at: steffen at

Seminar: Corporate Environmental Reporting

The Essex Sustainability Institute  is hosting  a new seminar series, Sustainability Contested, at the Wivenhoe Park campus. The seminars are open to staff, students and members of the public.

All are welcome, and attendance is free! Please spread the word! If you would like to meet the speakers on the day, please email Zareen Bharucha, at zpbhar (at) More on the first seminar below.

Title: Corporate Environmental Reporting: What We Know, What We Don’t Know and What We Want to Know

6th of November 2012, Room 5N.3.2, 12:30 – 14:00 (bring your lunch) 

Abstract: Contrary to what many perceive, corporate environmental reporting is not a new phenomenon and has permeated the consciousness of accounting research as far back as 1977. The fact that it has remained a much-discussed issue spanning over three decades illustrates the importance of appropriately communicating sustainability and environmental information to stakeholders. Once seen as part of a broader corporate social reporting / CSR reporting agenda, environmental and sustainability reporting has emerged as an area of inquiry in its own right. The nature of the work over the past three decades highlights the interdisciplinary nature of this work, encompassing areas such as environmental science, economics, financial reporting, law, management, sociology and even linguistics. This research looks at the development of research in corporate environmental and sustainability reporting over the years, exploring theoretical nuances and arguments inherent in prior work. It concludes by exploring potential avenues for future interdisciplinary research in the area.

Idlan Zakaria joined the Essex Business School in 2006, obtaining both her Masters and PhD in Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University. She teachesfinancial reporting and corporate governance, and her research interests are in comparative corporate governance and voluntary disclosure in financial reporting. She has been published in the British Accounting Review and in the past has reviewed for publications such as the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research and the Journal of Accounting and Emerging Economies.