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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
by Paul Thompson, Director, Global Accountancy Profession Support, 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
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 |
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
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
Of Scenarios and Accountants: The Importance of Scenario Analysis for Organizations
by Eli R. Khazzam, Editor-in-Chief, IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway and Vincent Tophoff, Senior Technical Manager, IFAC | June 23, 2014 |
Professional accountants can play a key role in risk management by engaging in scenario analysis exercises. They can use scenario analysis to improve the efficient management of resources, corporate governance, and the facilitation of information. Read More
The Societal Importance of Cost Accounting Standards Issued by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India
by Rakesh Singh, Chairman, Cost Accounting Standards Board, Institute of Cost Accountants of India | June 17, 2014 |
Cost accounting standards promote uniformity and consistency through the integration, harmonization, and standardization of the different principles and practices previously in use. Read More
- Mark Carney’s Climate Change Concerns Align with Accountants Views
October 6, 2015 - The Accountant
- Accountants Should Tackle Climate Change to Serve the Public Interest
October 6, 2015 - Blue & Green
- Mark Carney’s Climate Warning Splits Opinions
October 2, 2015 - Financial Times
- United Nations' Latest Sustainability Goals Should Show Tough Love to Business
September 29, 2015 - The Conversation
- 2014 Handbook of International Quality Control, Auditing, Review, Other Assurance, and Related Services Pronouncements
October 8, 2014 - International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board
- Project and Investment Appraisal for Sustainable Value Creation
August 14, 2013 - IFAC
- Principles for Effective Business Reporting Processes
January 17, 2013 - IFAC
- GRI Reporting Framework (G4)
January 1, 2013 - Global Reporting Initiative