What is the purpose of the accountancy profession? How can accountants be a force for good, helping sustainable business thrive?
We explore what it means to be a sustainable organisation and how the dynamic forces of change are impacting this, before considering the role of the profession and why it is so well-placed to support organisations and society be sustainable and prosperous for the long-term.
Sustainable business isn’t just about environmental sustainability. In a world challenged today by technological disruption, protectionist economic doctrines, significant demographic shifts and serious environmental and social challenges, this ‘public interest’ call to arms for the profession becomes even more relevant.
Sharon Machado – Head of Business Reporting, ACCA
Sharon manages the team of experts who cover ACCA’s thought leadership and policy work in financial and integrated reporting, audit, tax and business law.
While Sharon’s area of specialism is weighted towards the area of financial and integrated reporting, her prior experience enables a breadth across the business reporting portfolio. Sharon’s area of expertise relates to the impact of the profession on both qualification and education needs. Breadth across the business reporting portfolio and education expertise has been gained from preparing students for the technical and professional demands of professional accountancy qualifications, which she did prior to joining ACCA in 2008.
Sharon has a degree in Pure Mathematics and Statistics, and gained her professional accountancy qualification with Deloitte. She is a Fellow of ACCA.
Kenneth Amaeshi – Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative, University of Edinburgh
Kenneth joined the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Kenneth's research interest currently focuses on sector-level policies for sustainability and sustainability strategy in organisations. He has an expert level knowledge of developing and emerging economies. He has an extensive network in Africa. He was recently a Scholar in Residence at the National Pension Commission, Nigeria, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Strategy and Governance at the Lagos Business School, Nigeria.
Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works closely with businesses and governments in Africa, Europe, and Asia. He leads executive capacity building engagements and consultancy projects in the broad areas of sustainable finance, sustainability strategy, leadership, ethics, and governance.
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