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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

 

The Sustainability Imperative for Small Business

by Paul Thompson, Director, SMP & SME Affairs, IFAC | August 22, 2014 |

Small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs) might think that sustainability is only relevant to large companies—that for a small business, the administrative and financial costs outweigh the benefits. Moreover their accountants will tell you it is a hard sell getting SMEs to embrace sustainability. However, SMEs that integrate sustainability into their core business strategy can benefit from lower costs, reduced risk, and new opportunities. And their accountants, typically operating in small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs), can play a key role in their journey. Read More

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Lasting Legacy or Long-Term Liability? Is It Only a Numbers Game When Hosting Major International Tournaments?
by Christopher Arnold, Technical Manager, SME & SMP Affairs, IFAC | July 9, 2014 | 1

Assessing the economic impact of hosting a major international tournament involves a wide range of factors. In many instances, the costs exceed original expectations and highlight the importance of sound budgeting, monitoring, financial management, and consideration for issues of sustainability. Read More

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Know Your Boundaries
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business | June 23, 2014 | 4

The Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s proposals for boundary setting in reporting are of practical assistance to professional accountants as they cover boundary setting for non-financial reporting purposes generally as well as for climate change or environmental reporting purposes. Read More

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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

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