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4 Jun 2014Environmental issues
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Divestment from fossil fuel companies

This paper explores the potential issues associated with divestment from fossil fuel companies, and collates the views and opinions expressed by ACCA’s Global Forum for Sustainability.

4 Jun 2014Environmental issues
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Net positive natural capital ambitions

This paper explores the concept of ‘net positive’ natural capital ambitions, and collates the views and opinions expressed by ACCA’s Global Forum for Sustainability.

4 Jun 2014Environmental issues
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Capturing natural capital

Awareness of the importance of natural capital is growing, but corporate reporting must evolve to meet information needs, says ACCA’s Rachel Jackson.

15 Jan 2014Environmental issues
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Identifying natural capital risk and materiality

This joint paper from ACCA, Fauna & Flora International and KPMG is a guide for businesses interested in understanding natural capital as a business risk and a material issue.

31 Oct 2013Environmental issues
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Reporting practices on fossil fuel reserves

In two video presentations, James Leaton introduces the 2013 research paper, 'Carbon avoidance?, and Richard Martin explains how unburnable carbon might be reflected in a company’s financial statements.

24 Sep 2013Environmental issues
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Improving natural capital reporting and finding the tools to help

This paper highlights some of the ways companies can report on their natural capital impacts and dependencies.

10 Feb 2013Environmental issues
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Natural capital: what do accountants think?

This paper highlights and extends the key findings of an ACCA member survey, previously summarised in ‘Is Natural Capital a Material Issue?’.

1 Dec 2012Environmental issues
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Is corporate Asia ready for the green economy?

This report explores the concept of a ‘green economy’, and its relevance in Asia. It explores the roles that policymakers, investors, corporates and accountants need to play to facilitate the transition to a green economy.

6 Nov 2012Environmental issues
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Is natural capital a material issue?

Joint report from ACCA, Fauna & Flora International and KPMG evaluates the relevance of biodiversity and ecosystem services to accountancy professionals and the private sector.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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Is corporate China ready for the green economy?

ACCA, October 2012. This report summarises the ACCA and WWF roundtable held in Beijing on 29 June 2012, one of a series of events addressing sustainability issues relevant to the business community in Asia.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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Is corporate Hong Kong ready for the green economy?

ACCA, October 2012. This report summarises the ACCA and WWF Hong Kong roundtable held in Hong Kong on 27 June 2012, one of a series of events addressing sustainability issues relevant to the business community in Asia.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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Is corporate Indonesia ready for the green economy?

ACCA, October 2012. This report summarises the ACCA and WWF Indonesia roundtable held in Jakarta on 19 April 2012, one of a series of events addressing sustainability issues relevant to the business community in Asia.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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Canada and the green economy

Judy Kuszewski and Yasmin Crowther, October 2012. Canada has a complex relationship with the global efforts to move to a green economy. Its policymakers and business leaders need to balance the country’s vast natural resources and the economic growth that they can foster, with the need to develop in a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive manner. This report explores what the green economy means to Canada, with a particular focus on Canadian companies and the accountancy profession.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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Is corporate Singapore ready for the green economy?

ACCA, October 2012. This report summarises the ACCA roundtable held in Singapore on 17 April 2012, one of a series of events addressing sustainability issues relevant to the business community in Asia.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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China and sustainability: risks and opportunities

ACCA, October 2012. This report summarises a briefing held on 14 March 2012 by ACCA and CSR Asia. The session reviewed the social and environmental challenges that accompany the business opportunities arising from China’s rapid development into the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer.

1 Oct 2012Environmental issues
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The green economy: pushes and pulls on corporate China

Christine Loh, October 2012. While China’s rapid growth has provided great opportunity and prosperity to many, it has not come without costs. Environmental damage and social tensions are common throughout the country – problems that the Chinese government are acutely aware of. This report explores the efforts that are being made to transition to a more sustainable path, a greener economy, and the impacts these efforts are having on businesses operating in China.

24 Sep 2012Environmental issues
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Consultation on guidance for business on environmental key performance indicators

Comments from ACCA to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 24 September 2012.

23 Jul 2012Environmental issues
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Environmental aspects of sustainability, SMEs and the role of the accountant

ACCA research report 128, by J. Spence, G. Agyemang and L. Rinaldi.

12 Jul 2012Environmental issues
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The ACCA-WWF Pakistan Environmental Reporting Awards

The ACCA-WWF Environmental Reporting Awards were launched in Pakistan in 2002 and have helped raised the profile of corporate transparency and responsibility issues globally

31 May 2012Environmental issues
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Carbon taxation and corporate behaviour

ACCA, May 2012. This report summarises the breakfast briefing held by ACCA on 23 February 2012. The session looked at the role of carbon taxation in mitigating climate change and its value when compared with other market mechanisms.

23 May 2012Environmental issues
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Making a difference at Rio+20

ACCA, May 2012. This paper provides some background to Rio+20 and the 'zero draft' of the summit agreement, explains the importance of paragraph 24 - concerning the integration of sustainability information into corporate reports - of the zero draft, the possible changes to paragraph 24 from zero draft to final agreement, and ACCA and others' opinions.

9 Oct 2011Environmental issues
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Disclosures on supply chain sustainability

ACCA Australia and New Zealand with Net Balance Foundation Limited, October 2011. This report analyses the disclosure of aspects of supply chain sustainability by the Australian Securities Exchange top 100 companies. Few, if any, previous studies of this nature have focussed on the sustainability of both upstream and downstream elements of ASX 100 supply chain disclosure. The report highlights many examples of good practice in the disclosure of relevant upstream and downstream policies and procedures within the ASX 100. It also shows, however, a wide range of variability in disclosure, both between and within different industry sectors.

1 Oct 2011Environmental issues
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Disclosures on managing human rights risks

ACCA Australia and New Zealand with Net Balance Foundation Limited, October 2011. This report examines the human rights governance, risk management and reporting quality of companies in the ASX 100.

7 Jun 2011Environmental issues
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The carbon we're not counting: accounting for Scope 3 carbon emissions

This report highlights that businesses can’t evaluate the nature, extent and value of greenhouse gas emission-associated risks and opportunities until high-quality information is available.

7 Jun 2011Environmental issues
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COP 17 and accountants: where next?

ACCA, November 2011. This paper introduces the 17th meeting of the signatories to the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Durban, South Africa, in late 2011 (COP 17). The paper summarises the opinions of a panel of climate change experts on different aspects of the UNFCCC negotiations. It also reviews how accountants can make a positive contribution to the development of a global policy response to climate change.

27 Apr 2011Environmental issues
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Five minutes on... The carbon we're not counting

The key findings and recommendations from The Carbon We're Not Counting: Accounting for Scope 3 Carbon Emissions.

1 Apr 2011Environmental issues
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Predicting an uncertain future: narrative reporting and risk information

This paper reviews the state of risk and business forecast information disclosure in narrative reporting. It is based on a review of annual reports from industry leaders in the UK, Germany, the US, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore

14 Mar 2011Environmental issues
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The carbon jigsaw

ACCA, 2010. A volume of seven papers designed to help readers understand how the carbon crisis will affect businesses. Each paper addresses a key issue in the field of climate change and the low-carbon economy.

1 Aug 2010Environmental issues
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Ecological footprinting: accounting for our environmental impact

Henning Drager, August 2010. ACCA held another of its 'Friday Forums' on 2 July 2010 on ecological footprinting. The key point raised at the event are summarised in this paper.

8 Jun 2010Environmental issues
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Disclosures on water

ACCA Australia and New Zealand with Net Balance Foundation Limited, 2010. Part of a series of research projects which analyses disclosures on areas of non-financial performance by Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) companies. This report examines the reporting quality of 32 companies from the ASX 50. Inclusion was based on companies' requirements for significant quantities of water for their operations, supply chain and product-use areas.

22 May 2010Environmental issues
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Pursuing environmental sustainability

ACCA research report 116, by Barter and Bebbington.

31 Jan 2010Environmental issues
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Accounting for carbon

ACCA research report 122, by Lovell, Sales de Aguiar, Bebbington and Larringa-Gonzalez.

25 Dec 2009Environmental issues
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Getting it: expert perspectives on the corporate response to climate change

ACCA, December 2009. In advance of the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15), ACCA and GRI interviewed six expert commentators to gain their perspectives on the business response to the challenge of climate change. The results of those interviews are presented as a series of short essays in this publication.

10 Dec 2009Environmental issues
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Creating value from the shift to a low-carbon economy

Ashridge, December 2009. ACCA is pleased to publish the shortlisted entries from the Ashridge Sustainable Innovation Award 2009. The Award was established to further debate about questions of responsible and sustainable business practice, and to do so in a way accessible to a wide audience, particularly to business leaders and public policymakers.

4 Dec 2009Environmental issues
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High-impact sectors: the challenge of reporting on climate change

ACCA and GRI, December 2009. The business world’s response to climate change is examined in detail in this four-part joint report. Launched at the COP15 Climate Change Summit, the report provides an insight into the degree to which large companies around the world from the 15 most high-impact industry sectors have begun to disclose their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their strategies for reduction. The report includes an analysis across high-impact industry sectors from 2003-08 and a separate analysis of 2008 carbon reporting disclosures in the BRIC countries and South Africa.

1 Dec 2009Environmental issues
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HFMA briefing: carbon reduction in the NHS

December 2009. HFMA briefing sponsored by ACCA.

30 Oct 2009Environmental issues
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Adaptation - climate change briefing paper

Prepared by Acclimatise, October 2009. Climate change adaptation means recognising what is happening to our climate on a global and local scale, and developing strategies to manage the risks that this presents is crucial to the growth, development and continuing success of any organisation.

23 Oct 2009Environmental issues
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Governance and management - climate change briefing paper

Prepared by EIRIS, October 2009. A critical issue for companies. Where robust and transparent sustainability and climate change governance practices are embedded into corporate strategy, companies are more likely to be able to manage the risks and maximise the opportunities presented by climate change.

9 Oct 2009Environmental issues
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Taxation - climate change briefing paper

Professor Paul Ekins, October 2009. A UK Perspective on carbon-related taxation, which suggests that a significant increase in carbon tax rate would only be politically feasible if it were implemented on a broadly revenue-neutral basis.

2 Oct 2009Environmental issues
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Investment - climate change briefing paper

Prepared by Trucost, October 2009. Investor action to address risks and opportunities linked to greenhouse gas emissions is barely off the starting block.

1 Oct 2009Environmental issues
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Mitigation - climate change briefing paper

Prepared by the Carbon Trust, October 2009. Climate change mitigation entails finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Ways of mitigating climate change include reducing demand for emissions-intensive goods and services, increasing efficiency gains, increasing use and development of low-carbon technologies, and reducing non-fossil fuel emissions.

4 Sep 2009Environmental issues
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Climate change adaptation

ACCA, September 2009. ACCA held the fourth in its series of ‘Friday Forums’ on 4 September 2009 on climate change adaptation. The key points raised at the event are summarised in this paper.

19 Aug 2009Environmental issues
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Pension fund trustees and climate change

ACCA research report 106, by J. Solomon.

7 Aug 2009Environmental issues
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7 Aug 2009Environmental issues
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Consultation on draft guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions

Comments from ACCA to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), August 2009

3 Jul 2009Environmental issues
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US climate change policy: where next?

Vicky McAllister, July 2009. ACCA held the third in a series of ‘Friday Forums’ on Friday 17 July 2009, on US climate change policy. The key points raised at the event are summarised in this paper.

19 Mar 2009Environmental issues
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Carbon accounting - too little too late?

Rachel Jackson, March 2009. Discusses the radical changes needed to sustain corporate activity while reducing our impact on the changing climate, addressing the needs of a demanding society and reflecting global movements towards greater accountability and responsibility.

6 Mar 2009Environmental issues
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Is the green economy coming?

Rachel Jackson, March 2009. This paper discusses how a low carbon economy – one that relies very little on fossil fuels and energy sources with high greenhouse gas emissions – will improve the planet's success rate of tackling the climate predicament.

1 Mar 2009Environmental issues
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Water - the next carbon?

Vicky McAllister, March 2009. ACCA held the first in a series of ‘Friday Forums’ on Friday 13 March 2009 on water footprinting. The key points raised at the event are summarised in this discussion paper.

1 Jan 2009Environmental issues
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Pension fund trustees and climate change: one year on

Jill Solomon, 2009. This discussion paper reports the findings of a small, follow up study to a project conducted circa one year earlier and published by ACCA as Pension fund trustees and climate change, research report 106. The follow-up study involves ten interviews conducted in Spring/early Summer 2009, which are not intended to be representative, but rather provide an indication of change in perceptions in a year of economic tumult and rising environmental concerns. Please note that the document is presented as a discussion paper, and not as part of ACCA's research report series.