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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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International Integrated Reporting Council Website
July 1, 2015 - IIRC
The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) is a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession and NGOs. Together, this coalition shares the view that communication about businesses’ value creation should be the next step in the evolution of corporate reporting.
Finance professionals who develop an understanding of different types of capital are better positioned to increase their value and aid in their organization’s strategy.
Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business
October 5, 2013 - Trucost
Trucost’s study provides a high-level indication of the priority sectors and regions where natural capital risk lies and, therefore, the largest natural capital risks and opportunities for business and investors.
Carbon and fossil fuels, and decisions regarding their use and value, can have significant impacts on financial markets and futures around the world. Carbon Tracker calculates that only 31% of the world's currently indicated fossil fuel reserves could be burned for an 80% chance of keeping below a 2°C global temperature rise, which is commonly regarded as the threshold within which to avoid dangerous climate change.
This report discusses the rationale for assessing progress towards sustainability development goals (SDG) and targets, and provides guidance for the development of SDG indicators.
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.
This white paper communicates an imperative to move from a sustainability strategy (that is, discreet initiatives and tactics) to a sustainable strategy (that is, a coherent plan to balance long term viability—for the benefit of both shareholders and society—with demands for short term competitiveness and profitability).
- Consultation on Draft Natural Capital Protocol Launched
November 25, 2015 - Natural Capital Coalition
- IFAC Study Shows Accountancy Strongly Linked to Prosperity, Improved Living Standards
November 12, 2015 - IFAC
- Corporate Reporting a Driver for Sustainable Development
November 6, 2015 - The Accountant
- China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks
November 4, 2015 - New York Times
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