The course aims to introduce students to the different theories that underpin sustainability accounting and accountability. It will acquaint them with the nature and scope of alternative forms of corporate accountability which go beyond the traditional form of accounting model. Development of such alternative forms of corporate accountability are considered essential in the modern business world as evidenced by the publication of substantial Corporate Social Responsibility reports by most of the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 companies. Students will learn theory and practice of sustainability reporting with insights into real life companies.
Ataur Belal holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield (2004) and is Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Aston University Business School, where he has taught since 2003. Previously he taught in France, Germany and Bangladesh. His principal research and teaching interests lay in the area of social and environmental accounting, financial accounting and international accounting. He has published in leading journals such as the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and the Journal of Business Ethics.