School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)

Project Description

The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project which was completed in 2007, was established “to provide practical guidance and tools to help ensure that sustainability is not just talked about but becomes an integral part of organisations’ day-to-day operations” (see final report ‘Accounting for Sustainability’ available from

The work of the project is being continued and findings disseminated by a team of academics spearheaded by Professor Anthony Hopwood, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford under the banner of the Accounting for Sustainability Forum. The team from the Centre for Research into Sustainability at Royal Holloway, University of London are responsible for research relating to A4S at the UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury’s.

Expected Outcomes

An edited book for a practitioner audience comprising of case experiences of 8 organisations (public and private sector) detailing their experiences in relation to Accounting for Sustainability. The editors of the book will be Anthony Hopwood and Jeffrey Unerman. The CRIS team are contributing a case study on Sainsbury’s.

An academic research paper on the Sainsbury’s experience of implementing the Accounting for Sustainability approach which develops theoretical perspectives.

A case study on the implementation of Accounting for Sustainability at Sainsbury’s for teaching and training purposes.


Predominantly qualitative empirical research leading to case study combined with conceptual development.

Sustainability Accounting and AccountabilityRelated Publication

Unerman, J., Bebbington, J, and O’Dwyer, B. (eds) (2007) Sustainability Accounting and Accountability, Abingdon: Routledge


Jeffrey Unerman (Manchester Business School)

David Bevan (School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Leonardo Rinaldi (School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Laura Spence (School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London)