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Sustainability

The importance of sustainability and corporate responsibility continue to gain recognition; indeed, organizations that embrace sustainability can enhance their reputation with stakeholders and their value. The intersection of business and sustainability has three key dimensions: economic viability, social well-being, and environmental responsibility. Accountants work in this area to help embed sustainability factors into an organization’s strategy and decision-making processes to achieve sustainable value creation. Read More

 

Another Reporting Framework? Yes, but a Valuable One

by Dr. Jarlath Molloy, CPhys, Climate Disclosure Standards Board Technical Manager | April 1, 2014 |

Given the long list of voluntary environmental and sustainability reporting frameworks, and guidelines available—from GRI, ISO, CDP, OECD, the UN, and many more, plus a few more on the horizon from the IIRC and SASB—is another one really necessary? The Climate Disclosure Standards Board says yes—a framework that allows investors to assess the relationship between environmental performance and risks and the organization’s strategy and prospects. 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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Innovative Organizations: Becoming Net Positive
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business, IFAC | January 31, 2014 |

An increasing number of companies, including Coca Cola, British Telecommunications, and retail organizations Kingfisher, Ikea, and PUMA are striving to become net positive, which means that they will give back when it comes to the critical environmental and social factors upon which their business models depend. Read More

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First das Auto, Then Nature
by Vincent Tophoff, Senior Technical Manager, IFAC | January 31, 2014 | 1

A recent trip to China left me both impressed and depressed, and more aware than ever that environmental problems there belong to the entire world. Since my last visit, more than 20 years ago, the country has propelled itself from a primarily agricultural nation into an economic superpower. We are all aware of the continuous stream of double-digit growth figures but traveling through the country gives you a better idea of how this translates in actual changes in living conditions for the Chinese—an unprecedented scale! Read More

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Stranded Assets and Reserve Accounting
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business, IFAC | December 2, 2013 |

The Carbon Tracker Initiative report, Unburnable Carbon, calculates that only 31% of the world's currently indicated fossil fuel reserves, which equate to 2,860 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, could be burned for an 80% chance of keeping below a 2°C global temperature rise—commonly regarded as the threshold to avoid dangerous climate change. For a 50% chance of 2°C or less, only 38% could be burned. At least two-thirds of fossil fuel reserves cannot be monetized if we are to stay below 2°C of warming—creating "stranded carbon assets." Read More

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