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The ACCA to publish series of Sustainability Briefing papers

Posted in Models by fedwards on February 20th, 2009

The ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is publishing a series of five Sustainability Briefing papers for its members about core accounting disciplines in relation to sustainability.

The Sustainability Briefings cover the following issues:

· Reporting
· Economic Instruments
· Audit and Assurance
· Governance
· Accounting

ACCA believe tomorrow’s accountant has a central role to play in sustainable development and has already published two papers on Reporting and Economic Instruments in partnership with KPMG and AccountAbility. The Reporting Sustainability Briefing looks at how businesses deal with diverse non-financials, such as customer service or climate change, that drive reputation, innovation and ultimately, profitability. The Economic Instruments briefing paper looks at how these instruments can provide an efficient and effective way of achieving sustainable development policy objectives.

The official press release is attached below which contains further information on the briefings and below is a quote from Rachel Jackson, head of social and environmental issues at ACCA:

Rachel says: “These briefings serve as introductory guides that aim to introduce our members to the challenging but exciting changes to the profession as sustainability becomes more material to businesses worldwide. Accountants have always needed to adapt to their evolving professional landscape. The next significant development is the emergence of sustainability issues within core business practice. The briefing papers will help accountants understand the implications for them.”

The reports can be downloaded from ACCA’s website at

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