Business can lead global fight against climate change

ACCA president calls for more action to meet targets on global warming

The president of the world’s leading accountancy body has called on the business community to lead the global effort to avoid climate disaster.

Mark Millar, president of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) made the plea at an online forum of about 1,000 corporate leaders staged by the India Institute of Directors.

Mr Millar said: ‘There is a growing mood for change and real action across societies everywhere. 

‘The increasing number of extreme weather events is a clear sign that the planet is not doing well. The pandemic has raised serious questions about public health globally. People in all countries on all continents are increasingly aware that more must be done to protect and sustain the happiness, health and security of our children, grandchildren and all future generations.

‘The question for leaders, for board members, is how best they can play a part in making their own business more sustainable.

‘The answer is that no business can do everything; but every business can do something.’

He called for business to take more action to meet the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to reverse the effects of global warming by 2030.

ACCA has made 11 commitments to hit the UN targets by the end of the decade across a number of areas including the economy, the environment and education. It is understood to be  the first global professional accountancy body to make a clear commitment to build practical actions in line with the SDGs into its annual report.

Mr Millar said: ‘We all have a moral obligation to play our part and to serve as leaders. This is the time for all of us to stand up and to do our duty. It is clearly the correct and only course of action. Our grandchildren will not forgive us if we don’t do everything in our power to leave behind us a planet they can call home.’

Mr Millar was speaking at the India Institute of Directors Golden Peacock Awards ceremony, which recognised achievements in environmental management, eco-innovation and energy efficiency.

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"The answer is that no business can do everything; but every business can do something."

Mark Millar - President, ACCA