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Business Reporting

High-quality business reporting is at the heart of strong and sustainable organizations, financial markets, and economies. It allows organizations to present a cohesive explanation of their business and helps them engage with internal and external stakeholders, including customers, employees, shareholders, creditors, and regulators, while also promoting better internal decision making. Professional accountants are integral to all phases of organizational reporting. Read More


When Does the Climate Risk Tsunami Arrive?

by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business | May 28, 2014 | 1

Shell and ExxonMobil recently released reports for shareholders on climate change and carbon asset risk—they show the potential influence of concerted shareholder activism and indicate sophisticated management accounting practices underlying their decisions and management processes. Read More

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Five Ways CFOs Can Support Better Management of Natural Capital
by Sandra Rapacioli, Head of Sustainability Research and Policy, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants | May 20, 2014 |

Natural capital—forests, air, rivers, minerals, oceans, land—is the bedrock of life and underpins all other forms of capital, including financial. Society, economies, and businesses rely upon this natural capital for survival. But do businesses’ understand the extent to which they do? How can CFOs and management accountants support better management of natural capital and ecosystems? Read More


Improving Stakeholder Understanding of Organizational Performance: Making the Most of Supplementary Financial Measures
by Chris Hicks, Principal, Research, Guidance, & Support, CPA Canada and Vincent Tophoff, Senior Technical Manager, IFAC | March 4, 2014 |

Many organizations provide internal and external stakeholders with additional financial measures, beyond accounting requirements, to better capture the organization’s performance and prospects. But the task falls to professional accountants in business to determine what measures are useful and develop and report them. New proposed guidance from IFAC can help them take on this task and provide appropriate, useful information. Read More

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Business Models in Integrated Reporting—Learning from the Pioneers
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business, IFAC | February 14, 2014 |

The business model is a pivotal component of Integrated Reporting (IR). An increasing number of organizations are recognizing this and finding innovative ways to integrate the business model into their reporting and disclosure. Read More

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Focus on What Really Matters: Key Trends in Sustainability and ESG Reporting
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business, IFAC | February 10, 2014 | 2

Investor engagement, regulation, and societal expectations are driving increasing awareness and action on environmental, social, and governance performance. This forces organizations and CFOs to enhance reporting and disclosure, and include ESG factors in daily decision making. But how should organizations provide meaningful and specific disclosures for ESG issues? What significant initiatives and frameworks are available to help? How can organizations ensure reporting and disclosure is useful for users? Read More

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