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Business School to more closely scrutinise corporate handling of sustainability concerns

03 Jul 2014

The Business School has greatly strengthened its ability to evaluate the environmental and social performance of Australian and foreign companies as a result of a new collaborate agreement with Canberra based specialist data provider, CAER (Corporate Analysis, Enhanced Responsibility).

The Business School, which has recently completed a number of sustainability focused projects including one sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation, is fast developing an international reputation for research into corporate interaction with the environment.

The latest collaborative agreement will see CAER provide raw data on the governance of companies and their environmental and social performance for analysis by the Business School's experts in the field.

"We have been analysing the corporate world's handling of sustainability issues for some time, but this new arrangement will greatly add to our capability in this area," said Professor of Accounting, Stewart Jones.

Professor Jones describes CAER's data, which has been gathered from corporate documents, interviews and surveys, as "world class".

"The Business School's ability to undertake research such as the GRI study has been greatly enhanced by this agreement," said Professor Jones in a reference to a project that he led last year which measured the performance of Australian, United Kingdom and Hong Kong companies against a United Nation's backed set of sustainability reporting guidelines.

The Dean of the Business School, Professor Gregory Whitwell, has welcomed the arrangement saying that a combination of CAER's data and the Business School's research and analytical expertise will greatly assist the corporate world with the challenges it now faces.

"The Business School is on track to become a leader in sustainability research capable of having a vital impact on the future at a global level," Professor Whitwell concluded.