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How to dismantle the resource efficiency black box in chemical industries

February 27, 2014  

“From Sustainability Reporting to Sustainability Management Control” is the title of the 17th Annual International Conference of the Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network (EMAN) to be held in Rotterdam at the end of March this year.  The conference’s theme highlights the urgent need for businesses and academics to move from “why” questions such as “why companies are involv...

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