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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
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Natural capital depletion will become one of the most prominent business concerns in the 21st Century. And yet it is one issue that remains an ‘elephant in the boardroom’ - absent from most corporate accounts and business models and largely ignored by investors as boardrooms continue to focus on short-term pressures. This report from CIMA, EY, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Natural Capital Coalition, calls for finance professionals to take action.
This Discussion Paper stimulates a global debate on preparing accountants for finance leadership roles, including the CFO. The paper features five principles that highlight the changing expectations, scope, and mandate of the CFO and finance leadership roles and recommends what action professional accountancy organizations and employers can take to prepare professional accountants for career progression to finance leadership.
Project and Investment Appraisal for Sustainable Value Creation
August 14, 2013 - IFAC
Helps the accountancy profession facilitate sustainable organizations, financial markets, and economies by taking into account economic, environmental, and social considerations for project appraisal and investment decisions.
Attention from the accountancy profession on natural capital accounting is rapidly increasing in response to concern about the potential for systemic risk of climate change and environmental externalities that affect organizational, market, and societal sustainability.
Analyzes how professional accountants in business can support their organizations and increase performance by integrating governance into the key drivers of sustainable organizational success. Using case studies from around the world, the report illustrates how good governance is about more than the protection of stakeholders' interests or compliance with regulatory requirements.
Considers trends in investor demand for and use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information, and recommends how professional accountants can better support their organizations in responding to these demands, and ultimately improve the management and reporting of ESG performance
Consolidates the important aspects of embedding sustainability into the DNA of an organization and can be applied to entities of all sizes and complexities. The Framework focuses on the integration of sustainability factors from three perspectives--business strategy, operational, and reporting--and highlights the important roles that professional accountants play in facilitating the sustainable development of their organizations.
accounting for sustainability; corporate social responsibility; sustainability assurance; sustainability management; sustainability reporting; sustainability strategy; sustainable development; Framework
September 16, 2014 - Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
September 12, 2014 - The Guardian
September 11, 2014 - The World Bank
September 10, 2014 - Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
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