Professor Stuart Cooper - inaugural lecture

Professor of Accounting
Department of Accounting and Finance

This lecture took place on Wednesday 2 November 2016

From Financial Reporting to Stakeholder Accountability: Making unsustainable development visible

Financial reporting continues to prioritise the need for entities to provide decision-useful financial information to ‘existing and potential investors, lenders and other creditors’. This lecture, however, discussed the need for organisations to provide a broader stakeholder accountability for their economic, social and environmental impacts. It was argued that such accountability is required to make visible the extent to which current economic development is built upon social injustice and environmental degradation. Moreover, such accountability has the potential to inform public debate, to enhance sustainability literacy, and to empower stakeholders.