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Australian Financial Review: Can accountants save the planet?

27 October 2014

In October 2010, journalist Jonathan Watts reported from the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Nagoya, Japan, an apparently anomalous phenomenon: the arrival of “money men” at a forum previously reserved for nature lovers. Where flora and fauna once prevailed, now “natural capital”, “biological resources” and “eco-financing” predominated. What were accountants doing at a conference on …

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The Accountant: Integrated Reporting – tackling the director liability challenge

22 October 2014

The potential legal liability arising from forward-looking disclosures gives ammunition to those who are hostile towards <IR> to delay adoption until the regulatory environment becomes more conducive to change, writes CPA Australia chief executive Alex Malley The Integrated Reporting <IR> Framework released by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in December 2013, is appropriately principle-based. …

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BusinessDay TV: Integrated Reporting

21 October 2014

Integrated Reporting Made Simple is in its third season, with host Leigh Roberts speaking to expert guests on the latest in corporate reporting trends and the practical implementation of Integrated Reporting. Watch the series here.

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BusinessDay TV: Doing Business in the 21st Century

21 October 2014

Professor Mervyn King and Leigh Roberts take part in a weekly discussion with two high profile experts to discuss issues around the four corporate tools for doing business in the 21st century. This derived from their book ‘Integrated: Doing Business in the 21st Century’ Watch the series here.

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BDlive: Surveys show mining firms leading in social investment

16 October 2014

TWO new corporate social investment surveys give mining companies the best marks of all listed stocks for their corporate social investments, suggesting the sector is doing a much better job of living up to societal expectations since the Marikana tragedy in 2012. According to data by Integrated Reporting and Assurance Services (Iras) on Friday the …

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IFAC: Integrated Reporting – Seizing the Opportunity to Lead

15 October 2014

As a result of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)’s Framework being issued in December 2013, integrated reporting has truly begun to take off around the world. But there are still many organizations that are nervous about taking the first steps into this new world of reporting. So why did ACCA decide to move toward …

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In the Black: Integrated Assurance – Bringing it together

14 October 2014

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point Integrated Reporting <IR> has been established as a compelling response to the broader information demands of rapidly evolving capital markets and the needs of a diverse set of …

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Emerging Markets: Carney raises the heat on climate – you can't burn all the oil

13 October 2014

A public call by Bank of England governor Mark Carney that the vast majority of oil reserves should be considered “unburnable” if the world wants to avoid catastrophic climate change makes him stand out among mainstream figures. Mark Carney has re-emphasised his support for the idea that oil companies’ reserves could be stranded assets – …

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BusinessWorld: Keeping Good Company

6 October 2014

Benjamin Graham was never known for his wit, unlike his famous protégé, legendary investor Warren Buffett. In fact, a satire that he wrote on accounting practices in the US remained unpublished until Buffett included it in his collection of essays. In Graham’s fictional account of a management recommendation at US Steel, the board decides to …

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