Accounting professor's paper chosen for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section Best Paper Award at 2018 Northeast Region Meeting of AAA Ilitch School of Business accounting professor Alan Reinstein's paper “Sustainability Reporting Insights: The Case of Ford Motor Company”  was awarded the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section Best Paper Award at the 2018 Northeast Region Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA).  

Alan Reinstein, CPA, is the George R. Husband Professor of Accounting, School of Business Administration at the Ilitch School. An author of many referred articles, Reinstein has appeared in journals such as Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Abacus, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Research in Accounting Regulation, Advances in Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting Education, Journal of Accountancy and The CPA Journal.


This case provides an enriching experience for students that address key sustainability reporting issues.  Through Ford Motor Company’s reporting, the case shows the pivotal role to assess the materiality of sustainability issues, integrate sustainable development initiatives with business strategy, and connect financial and sustainability information in integrated reports. Students research sustainable business reporting frameworks and explore how the company assesses the materiality of sustainability-related issues. The case encourages students to reflect critically on the motivations behind sustainability reporting; on the stakeholders for such reporting; and the challenges sustainability reporting presents to preparers, auditors, and investors. Assignable on an individual or group basis, this case can be used in many types of upper-division undergraduate or graduate accounting courses that discuss sustainability reporting topics.

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