Saturday, June 27, 2009

Accounting and Sustainability

If there is one profession that has dived headlong into sustainability it is the accounting profession. While that might seem a bit hard to believe, the accounting profession -- it seems to me -- has often been perceptive about expanding its own business horizons beyond just numbers.

No professional organization within the accounting profession has been more involved in sustainability than the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which is based in London but has members worldwide. On a quarterly basis, ACCA publishes Accounting and Sustainability, and the most recent issue (33) is now available.

The headlines in this issue provide a glimpse of the types of topics the newsletter covers:
  • Human capital management (HCM) reporting research
  • Discussion paper: 'Water: the next carbon?'
  • ACCA publishes third in the series of member briefing papers on sustainability
  • ACCA Australia publishes research on ASX50 corporate governance disclosures
Typical of the kinds of information that one will find in the newsletter are links to reports such as "Carbon Accounting: Too Little to Late?"

ACCA has also launched Accounting and Climate Change, another quarterly newsletter.  The first issue can be accessed here.

You can set up an e-mail subscription to these publications.

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