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ACCA, Accountancy Europe & IFAC Host Interactive Discussion on Developing Green Skills and Capacity Building

Event will be held online June 8 from 4:00-5:15pm CEST/10:00-11:15am EDT

May 10, 2023 | New York, New York | English

As the world seeks to decarbonize its economies and achieve net zero emissions, there is an urgent need for stakeholders to understand and respond to that challenge.

Finance professionals and the accountancy profession have a critical role to play in putting sustainability at the heart of decision-making and in enabling responsible corporate practices in the public interest. They must, however, be equipped with the right education and skills to do.

As a Partner Event of the EU Green Week 2023Developing green skills for finance professionals - Building capacity for a fair and sustainable transition will be held virtually on 8 June 8, 2023 from 4:00pm-5:15pm.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Accountancy Europe and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) are bringing together global experts to discuss the skills and education needed for finance professionals to contribute to a green and just transition, focussing in particular on:

  • How to identify and create the right framework for sustainability education for finance professionals
  • The strong need for capacity building in the sustainability information space, and
  • Challenges and opportunities for practitioners

Helen Brand, Chief Executive of ACCA, said: “Finance and accountancy professionals, including auditors, have a key role to play in the transition to a greener global economy. They are increasingly informing and driving sustainability reporting and strategies in businesses across every sector. So it’s crucial that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills.”

“Sustainability education and training are crucial to help accounting and finance professionals address the impacts of climate change in what companies report, empowering them with the knowledge and expertise needed, said Kevin Dancey, IFAC CEO. “ We need to build capability and capacity for high-quality, decision-useful sustainability disclosures—it all starts with education.”

“A just sustainable transition requires appropriate skills and training", said Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Accountancy Europe’s CEO. "The accountancy profession has relevant knowledge and practical experience and also needs to continue expanding its ability to respond to societal needs and support the fundamental changes required to transform our economy.”

The event will feature:  

  • Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO, Accountancy Europe
  • Anne Marie Vitale, IFAC’s chair of the International Panel on Accountancy Education
  • Sharon Machado, Head of Sustainable Business, ACCA
  • Mardi McBrien, Chief of Strategic Affairs & Capacity Building, IFRS Foundation
  • Bianca Isaincu, Policy Analyst, financial literacy and sustainable finance, OECD
  • Adriana Tiron Tudor, Chair of Professional Accountancy Education in Europe
  • Clemence Lecat, Senior Manager Accounting Expertise, Unilever

The event is free to attend and will be held in English via zoom. View the agenda and register now.  

About ACCA 

ACCA is a global body representing the accounting and auditing profession. The ACCA upholds, trains and advocates for the highest professional and ethical values. Currently, it has 241,000 members and 542,000 future members based in 178 countries. 

About Accountancy Europe 

Accountancy Europe unites 50 professional organisations from 35 countries that represent 1 million professional accountants, auditors, and advisors. They make numbers work for people. Accountancy Europe translates their daily experience to inform the public policy debate in Europe and beyond. Accountancy Europe is in the EU Transparency Register (No 4713568401-18). 

About IFAC

IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 180 members and associates in 135 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce