'It's time to rethink business for a sustainable recovery', says ACCA

To be a sustainable organisation means being committed to minimising environmental impact

Fazeela Gopalani.

Fazeela Gopalani.

The accountancy profession’s role in building and maintaining a sustainable recovery in these challenging times is the focus for ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) over October, November and December 2020.

In its new campaign, Rethinking business for a sustainable recovery, ACCA champions the vital role professional accountants play in a world where sustainable businesses deliver financial returns, while also generating positive value for society and being environmentally responsible for the planet.

At the heart of the campaign is a spoken word performance that will be launched on Global Ethics Day (21 October 2020) titled ‘Rudder’ by Sugar J Poet, which asks 'What’s the purpose of this profession as we sail through wind and waves? Is profit the only measure of success or does sustainability matter too?' 

Alan Hatfield, executive director of strategy and development at ACCA says: ‘Society’s values are shifting as citizens seek a fairer and more ethical world, and the Covid-19 crisis has accelerated this. To be a sustainable organisation means being committed to minimising environmental impact whilst putting social responsibility at the heart of strategy. Accountants have a huge role to play in this.’

Fazeela Gopalani, head of ACCA Middle East explains: ‘At ACCA, we’re playing our part by supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and helping address the global challenges the world faces. Our profession has a major part to play because it’s through professional education that accountants can support the transition to a net-zero carbon world. We’re committed to continuing to ensure that sustainability and green finance is an integral part of our world-class qualification and members’ CPD.’

Throughout the theme, ACCA will also be looking at the link between ethics and sustainable recovery, exploring this specifically on Global Ethics Day with an online and social media event ‘The Big Conversation to debate these issues. ACCA will also publish professional insights that explores how making a positive social, environmental and economic impact is at the heart of 21st century value creation for all organisations. 

Fazeela Gopalani concludes: ‘Our aim is to support our members and future members with fresh thinking on how they in turn can support their organisations to recover sustainably. That’s because what professional accountants analyse, interpret and decide today, makes lasting changes for the future which we hope will build long term resilience. We believe that responsible, ethical, and re-imagined business can be the positive legacy of post-pandemic economic recovery.’

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About ACCA

ACCA is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. We’re a thriving global community of 227,000 members and 544,000 future members based in 176 countries and regions that upholds the highest professional and ethical values. We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society that supports both public and private sectors. That’s why we’re committed to the development of a strong global accountancy profession and the many benefits that this brings to society and individuals.

Since 1904 being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. And because we’re a not-for-profit organisation, we build a sustainable global profession by re-investing our surplus to deliver member value and develop the profession for the next generation.

Through our world leading ACCA Qualification, we offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. And using our respected research, we lead the profession by answering today’s questions and preparing us for tomorrow. Find out more about us at accaglobal.com

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