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It’s Never Wrong to Do the Right Thing – The Business Case for Doing Good

Gabriella Kusz MBA, MPP, CPA, CGMA | March 22, 2021

In looking to enhance business performance over the longer term, it is never wrong to do the right thing. This concept and focus on sustainable thinking, doing, and reporting is at the core of the upcoming FinBiz 2030 virtual event entitled “The Business Case for Doing Good” which will be held on March 25th, 2021 at 11 AM EDT. 

Finance and Business 2030 (or FinBiz2030) is an initiative led by One Young World and Chartered Accountants Worldwide. This initiative seeks to unite and mobilize leaders across these two sectors – youth leadership and accountancy - to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and they do this through the FinBiz2030 Task Forces that are operational around the world. Today, there are FinBiz Task Forces up and running in the UK, South Africa, Ireland, and soon in Nigeria and the USA, with over 70 talented young leaders driving forward impactful initiatives.  

To kick off their initiative in the United States, FinBiz2030 is hosting this virtual event as part of its BUILDING RESILIENCE series which will focus on the way companies use natural resources, employ their workforces, and position themselves in the face of critical societal issues and how this affects performance, access to capital, and long-term value creation. The underlying message – doing good doesn’t only represent a moral imperative for businesses and organizations to behave responsibly, but a financial one. It makes business sense to do good. Finance and accountancy professionals have a significant influence on companies, and are well-positioned to help businesses think not just about their profit but their whole value creation process. In this process, embedding sustainability issues into a company’s strategy, business model and risk and performance management will enable them to create more resilient organizations that also positively contribute to people and planet. 

With an expert panel from around the world featuring key leaders in the sustainability and accountancy professions including Mr. Michael Izza, CEO at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chairman, Chartered Accountants Worldwide and Mr. Paul Parks, Director at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this event will explore a broad spectrum of sustainability, accountancy and business performance issues.  

As a partner this event, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) looks forward to supporting young finance, accountancy and business professionals and students as they explore the issues and engage with other leaders to discover how we can build a sustainable future together. 

  • Chalene Gallagher CA, Regulatory Data Senior Associate FRBNY 
  • Karla Futch VP on the Chief Administrative Office Strategy Team at Goldman Sachs 
  • Nomindari Enkthur, CEO, Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association 
  • Paul Parks, CPA, CGMA, Director, AICPA 
  • Maura Hodge, KPMG Partner, National ESG Assurance Leader 
  • Gareth Parkin, CFO and Senior Vice President at Messer Americas 
  • Kate Robertson, Co-Founder of One Young World 
  • Michael Izza, CEO, ICAEW and Chairman, Chartered Accountants Worldwide 
Click here to watch the full recording.

Gabriella Kusz MBA, MPP, CPA, CGMA

Principal, Strategic Initiatives, IFAC

Gabriella Kusz is the Principal for Strategic Initiatives at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) where, in addition to other areas, she supports the profession’s leadership and innovation in the digital era. Gabriella also serves as Board Director at the Global Digital Asset and Cryptocurrency Association, a global voluntary self-regulatory association for the industry where she supports awareness building and education. Prior to joining IFAC, she worked with the World Bank Group Governance Global Practice where she was responsible for leading the Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting (CGFR) workstream for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In her volunteer time, she serves as a Distinguished Global Expert for the Global Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Policy Network (GSPN) at Prince Sultan University (Riyadh, KSA), as an Advisor to the Banque Saudi Fransi / PSU Global Islamic Finance, Tax and Zakat Centre (GIFTZ), and as Deputy Chair of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) Regulator Working Group. Gabriella is a licensed US CPA (State of Virginia) and CGMA and holds AICPA Certificates in IFRS as well as the Global Reporting Initiative Certificate in Sustainability Reporting Standards. She holds her Master’s in Public Policy (International Policy and Development) from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Dayton. See more by Gabriella Kusz MBA, MPP, CPA, CGMA


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