Social Accounting

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Social accounting broadens the framework of conventional accounting with the goal of understanding the impact an organization has on its stakeholders. The effects of an organization included in social accounting typically include financial, social, and environmental dimensions. By taking a stakeholder approach, social accounting emphasizes the collective effort needed to run an organization and the multiple stakeholders impacted by its efforts.


Compared to traditional accounting, social accounting is a relatively new concept. It refers to the inclusion of a wider range of factors in the accounting model than just financial information. Social accounting typically captures the positive and negative impacts of an organization on the economy, society, and environment. Social accounting can be supplemental to the financial statements when it is presented in a separate report,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA