The United Nations framework convention on climate change: objectives, outcomes and corporate accountability

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This chapter explains how the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an important achievement of the Rio Earth Summit held in 1992, instigated interest in, and enthusiasm for, the fight against climate change in the international arena, promoting national actions, creating common frameworks and motivating corporations to take action against climate change. The Convention recognised climate change as a problem in 1994 when the UNFCCC took effect, which was remarkable considering that there was much less scientific evidence available at that time. Through extensive literature review, this chapter presents the origin and content of the Convention and explains how it creates new international instruments for mitigating climate change, its impact on corporate climate change-related accountability practices and where it stands now after 20 years in operation. The researcher argues that there is a need for strong cooperation among national and international actors such as governments, nies, national and international non-governmental organisations and international governmental organisations in order to create climate changerelated accountability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability After Rio
EditorsDavid Crowther, Muhammad Azizul Islam
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78560-444-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-78560-445-4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Corporate Governance and Responsibility
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)2043-0523


  • Accountability
  • Climate change
  • Rio earth summit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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