Discuss whether you agree with this statement and whether you think that sufficient progress has currently been achieved towards this aim in YOUR country. Base your answer on research, your readings, and your own experiences and be sure to cite and reference all sources of your information.
"...avoid problems rather than have to solve them when they happen..." - the direct quote of Elliott and Elliott is a clear indication of the actual need for addressing the triple bottom line of sustainability, therefore financial reports must include the areas such as environmental accounting and social responsibility (Elliott et al, 2006). In the modern corporate world there is no other choice left but disclosing the areas which go well beyond simply focussing on the companies' financial performance, and a change to the pure profit oriented attitude. The main areas which could even be called trends are environmental accounting and social responsibility.
With this regard Elliott and Elliott highlight that the accounting profession were initially identified with management thus allowing the information to be reported to suit the management, by only making the report congruent with the commercial reality (Elliott, 2006). The environmental accounting has not come into the corporate world in as a matter of fact; it has been resulted by the pressure from the stakeholders, whose interest has become as important as those of the shareholders, therefore it can be considered as a reactive phenomenon to the need (Elliott, 2006).
In beginning of the twenty first century, the standard setters such as European Community have started looking into the areas of concern; the result is the Green Paper on CSR, which highlights the importance of the stakeholders as opposed to shareholders is defines as follows: