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Sustainability Indicators: Development and Application for the Agriculture Sector

  • Jiří HřebíčekEmail author
  • Soňa Valtinyová
  • Jan Křen
  • Michal Hodinka
  • Oldřich Trenz
  • Pavel Marada
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Abstract

Current trends of indicators-based sustainability evaluation (i.e., measurement of environmental, social, economic and governance performance) and corporate sustainability reporting are discussed in the chapter focusing on the agriculture sector. From the perspective of agricultural policy, there are two broad decisions to be made: which indicators to recommend and promote to farmers, and which indicators to collect to assist in agriculture policy-making. We introduce several general approaches for indicators to be collected which will assist in policy-making (European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in the first part of our chapter and, given the differences in decision-making problems faced by these sets of decision makers. We continue in the second part of chapter with indicators to recommend and promote to farmers in the European Union. Those sets of indicators are likely to differ substantially, potentially with little or no overlap between indicators for regional, national or international decision-makers or for assistance in policy-making. The relationship between environmental and sustainability indicators and corporate sustainability reporting is an important issue; and the possibility of the utilization of information and communication technology and XBRL taxonomy is discussed here.

Keywords

Agrosystems Sustainability assessment Indicators Sustainability reporting 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The chapter was supported by the project No. 2791/2012 “Innovation of the course of Crop Production Systems” and research project No. MSM6215648905 “Biological and technological aspects of sustainability of controlled ecosystems and their adaptation to climate changes”, both granted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. Further it is supported by the Czech Science Foundation in the research project No P403/11/2085 “Construction of Methods for Multifactor Assessment of Company Complex Performance in Selected Sectors”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiří Hřebíček
    • 1
    Email author
  • Soňa Valtinyová
    • 2
  • Jan Křen
    • 2
  • Michal Hodinka
    • 1
  • Oldřich Trenz
    • 1
  • Pavel Marada
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of InformaticsFaculty of Business and Economics, Mendel UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Agrosystems and BioclimatologyFaculty of Agronomy, Mendel UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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