In the context of increasing environmental regulation and the need for businesses to identify and manage a more diverse range of risks, the goal of the forum is to articulate and communicate the relevance of sustainability issues for the business community and the accountancy profession. It monitors international trends and developments in sustainability and leads ACCA’s contribution to policy development in this area.
Dr Andrea B Coulson
Senior Lecturer in Accounting at University of Strathclyde
Dr Coulson has over ten years' experience on environmental risk management projects and accounting for climate adaptation strategies. Her research began with a doctorate on Corporate Environmental Performance Considerations within Bank Lending Processes in particular lender's risk perceptions. She has since developed and chaired the ESRC Financial Sector Environment Forum and conducted research commissioned by funding bodies including the UK Economic and Social Research Council, F&C Asset Management, Lloyds TSB Group, Munro Holdings Ltd, the Scottish Executive and the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Institutions Initiatives.
She is currently engaged in two primary research projects: Sustainability disclosures and social accountability disclosures in international not-for-profit organisations, working with the University of Utara Malaysia and funded by the Ministry of Malaysia; and Risk Governance in Theory and Practice: Connecting Canadian and UK Risk Networks to Improve the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure, with co-investigators at Strathclyde University and Dalhousie University and co-researchers including KPMG, Scottish Power, Halifax Water, Port of Halifax and the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection.
Head of Sustainability, ACCA
Rachel is a technical expert at ACCA specialising in reporting and disclosure with specific reference to environmental, economic and social issues. She has given many presentations on reporting developments and frameworks and worked on many projects with a national, regional and international focus. For over fifteen years, Rachel has initiated and managed projects covering diverse issues such as the green economy, natural capital, carbon accounting, the role of stock exchanges and stakeholder engagement. She holds an MSc in environmental technology from Imperial College London.