Changing views from the Board on the meaning of value

by Carol A Adams In this CPA Australia podcast I discuss research which explores the interrelationship which influence corporate ability  to create value as broadly defined by the International Integrated Reporting Council. It discusses insights from interviews with Board Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors of major South African and Australian companies.  The research was funded by […]

Paul Druckman discusses the meaning of value creation

In this video Paul Druckman discusses the complexity of changing the capital market system given diverse stakeholder interests and the approach that corporate boards should take to the governance of ESG issues in light of the VW scandal.  He responds to criticisms by some academics that the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) has moved away from […]

The role of corporate reporting in raising awareness of ESG risks and opportunities

By Carol A Adams Do Board Directors really understand the inter-relationships between: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk; delivering on strategy; and, corporate reporting? There are a number of factors that, taken together, make this an important question: the link between ESG risk, reputational damage and delivering on strategy; investor demand (or lack thereof) for […]

The VW scandal, “green” revenue manipulation and corporate governance

by Carol A Adams For anyone interested in the subject of business ethics, these have been tantalising times. The VW emissions scandal has brought business ethics to the forefront of the global news agenda and into public consciousness. In this case up to 11 million global consumers are potentially affected by questionable practices. This is […]

CFO: A misnomer?

By Ken Weldin and Carol Adams From recent discussions with the members of our network serving as CFOs, a common theme has emerged. Having reached the pinnacle of their career claiming the cherished CFO title, most feel professionally fulfilled and mentally stimulated, but the role is far wider reaching than when they assumed it. It […]

What is sustainability? And what has it got to do with the CFO?

written by Carol A Adams and Ken Weldin Your answer to the question of what “sustainability” has to do with the CFO will, of course, depend on what “sustainability” means to you.  If it means continuing to earn profits for the next strategic review cycle, and maybe even beyond, our guess is you are in […]

New research finds benefits to companies doing integrated reporting

It is no surprise that research just released by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Black Sun finds that the majority (92%) of IIRC pilot programme participants responding to a survey found that moving towards integrated reporting increased their understanding of how they create value.  They understand better how relationships, intellectual capital, the natural […]

Sustainability and the company of the future

By Carol A Adams  © BBVA OpenMind Introducing the company of the future The company of the future will do business differently understanding the value of its relationships and the resources and services provided by the natural environment.  It will be very different from the company of today. Above all, it will face a high […]

Changing the way business is done – South African integrated reports

written by Carol Adams Changing the way business leaders and their investors think is a prerequisite for real change towards social, environmental and economic sustainability.  A focus on the longer term and thinking about value in non-monetary terms, means thinking about people, relationships, know-how and the natural environment and how they create value, rather than […]

Sustainability reporting: A tool for improving returns to shareholders?

written by Carol Adams Can reporting on Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) issues increase returns to shareholders? Surveys conducted by consulting firms have found that the majority of CEOs link social responsibility initiatives with profitability.   Academic research has consistently found a positive link between social performance and financial performance. But making that link at an individual […]