WIT Press


Environmental Impact Identified From Company Accounts In The Czech Republic

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC130591

Volume

179

Pages

9

Page Range

695 - 703

Published

2013

Size

612 kb

Author(s)

M. Černíková & O. Malíková

Abstract

The contribution aims to examine the readiness of enterprises’ accounting systems in the Czech Republic to display environmental activities. The need to monitor the environmental profile of a company requires, inter alia, the need for modifications of existing accounting systems of enterprises by the addition of an environmental factor to the standard economic information provided so as to capture the interaction between the activities of individual companies and the environment. Financial accounting of Czech companies is ruled by legislation. There is no requirement for the separate evidence of the environmental impact. Some of the environmental information is included in the annual reports of large companies only. In the context of the requirements of sustainable development, however, it would be desirable that all companies follow the information generated by the system of environmental accounting. Managers can continue to work with the data provided by this system and, they can evaluate the feedback to influence company behaviour. Precisely quantified actual costs (or revenues) associated with the environment allow a specific company to define its environmental profile, or to reveal its strengths and weaknesses in this area and positively influence its relationship to the environment with the help of partial analysis such as tracking the current trend in time, to compare its own environmental profile to the competition, to differentiate effective products not only in economic but also in environmental terms. Then, this generated information is externally useful to investors, banks and other stakeholders. Last but not least, in the context of a defined risk of environmental pollution level, enterprise value and its market position can also be affected. Keywords: corporate management, environmental profile of enterprise, environmental accounting, financial analysis, financial statements, business performance indicators, environmental indicators, environmental added value.

Keywords

Keywords: corporate management, environmental profile of enterprise, environmental accounting, financial analysis, financial statements, business performance indicators, environmental indicators, environmental added value.