Next the Impact Foundation?

by Carol A Adams Main points: You can talk about impact on sustainable development without talking about value BUT you can't talk about value creation without knowing your impact If we don't achieve the SDGs there won't be any "enterprise … [Continue reading]

Sustainability reporting and value creation

by Carol A Adams “…it would seem that the very tenets of the kind of society in which financial accounting plays a starring role are grounded in injustice masquerading as decency” Rob Gray (Gray 2006 p797) Abstract This paper revisits Rob … [Continue reading]

JSE event: Towards Common Reporting Standards: Will it help achieve the aims of sustainable development?

Chief Sustainability Officer at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Shameela Ebrahim, posed some very pertinent questions when we kicked of the JSE’s annual sustainability show case earlier today.  Her questions were: Why so many … [Continue reading]

UNDP’s SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises

The UNDP’s SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises are open for consultation until 15th December. “The Standards…[link] sustainable development and achieving the SDGs to core business purpose and practice… The Standards recognize and Enterprises … [Continue reading]

Accountants can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals

by Carol A Adams Accountants have an important role to play in helping organisations address the issues that led to the development of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 Goals were the result of extensive global … [Continue reading]

Response to the IFRS Foundation consultation questions re their global Sustainability Standards Board

by Carol A Adams Main points: As formulated, this proposal is not in the public interest; The proposal is not cognisant of current investor and corporate best practice and findings of evidence-based research; A focus on the financial … [Continue reading]

Open letter to the Chair of the IFRS Foundation Trustees from Professors of Accounting

Main points: Editors of accounting journals that publish research on sustainability accounting and reporting and Professors of Accounting who are key researchers in this field have written to the Chair of the IFRS Foundation Trustees.The letter … [Continue reading]

The Statement of Intent: proposing a different approach

By Carol A Adams Main points: The willingness of reporting framework/standard setters to collaborate is welcomeA better place to start would be agreeing a conceptual frameworkSome key questions are posed to start the process and tentative … [Continue reading]

A response to the WEF and Big 4

By Carol A Adams Main points: The Big 4’s Stakeholder Capitalism and Sustainable Value Creation may do more harm than good.The approach is not informed by the body of relevant academic research nor a conceptual framework.Achieving the SDGs must … [Continue reading]

Neurodiversity at work benefits everyone – why companies are hiring autistic people

Diversity takes different forms. Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock Carol A Adams, Durham University Some of my favourite fictional characters include Spock and Seven of Nine from Star Trek, Dr Martin Ellingham from Doc Martin and Shaun … [Continue reading]