This report series is split up into five parts, which include:
  • Part one, which is available now, is a recorded presentation, supported by a brief summary outlining the call to action for business and the profession.
  • Parts two to five are scheduled to be published between 1 December and early 2021. They are composed of written summaries and checklists that will provide high-level practical guidance for professional accountants in business leadership, performance management and control, corporate reporting and assurance roles.

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With over half of global GDP generated by business that is moderately or highly dependent on nature, business transformation is central to achieving the required care for nature and society’s prosperity. Businesses and professional accountants are being called to action by investors and policy makers, who are impelling them to focus on natural capital strategies. Professional accountants have always been essential to helping business achieve their strategies, and now they must employ integrated thinking to connect nature with business and finance.

Natural capital strategies are based on one or a combination of the 4Rs (see infographic above). These relate to removing and reducing impact, restoring what has been damaged and reimagining success. The role of the professional accountant is to bring to life the 4Rs required for business, nature and society’s sustainable prosperity.

With their combination of specialist business and finance skills, professional accountants hold a multitude of roles in business and on behalf of society. They perform the interwoven functions of evaluating data to create strategy, formulate and execute systems and processes. Accountants gain and service investment to finance delivering strategy, and they also relevantly and reliably communicate strategy and performance in assured reports to stakeholders.

Watch the introductory video and read this series of guides to learn more about how you can adopt the mindset of a sustainability trailblazer to enable you and your business to connect with natural capital groups and appreciate the guidance from green finance initiatives and government schemes.

Each guide within this series contains examples and links to further sources of detail. There is also a condensed version of each guide, providing professional accountants with a checklist of the key techniques in better natural capital management.