Each student will be responsible for a term paper on either international or social/environmental/sustainability accounting. So, you can choose one topic between the two areas. The paper must have no more than 5 double spaced (normal font) pages. The paper must be referenced using the social science reference style, (i.e. Radebaugh and Gray 1997) in the body of the paper and then a complete listing in the bibliography. You must use sources in addition to the materials on reserve. If you use internet sources make sure they are either refereed or from an official body such as government or quasi-governmental source. The paper is due November. Do not wait for the last minute to do the paper. Also plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment. Please upload your term paper on Blackboard.
The second paper topic concerns the financial accounting aspects (e.g. disclosure) of sustainability/environmental/social accounting. My view of accounting is that we should be providing information about the entity’s (e.g. the corporation) impact on society. Traditional financial accounting has limited itself to certain measures of financial performance and ignored other measures. These areas of accounting attempt to fill that void. You only need to focus on one of these areas. What I would like you to do for this topic is a little research on one of the areas of sustainability/environmental/social accounting and discuss the issues involved and implications for disclosure. Disclosure can be in annual reports or in a separate document. To help you to understand these topics, I am putting the reading materials on Blackboard. You need not take a pro-sustainability, etc. view. However, you need to justify whatever conclusion you reach.2- Sustainability/Environmental/Social Accounting