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Making COP count

Accountancy’s role in building a sustainable economy

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The annual COP climate meetings convened by the UN are a high-profile way for political and business leaders, scientists and environmental experts to tackle the climate crisis. But any agreements or policies hashed out are only useful if we all play our part in implementing them.

Through a range of practical content and case studies, this series looks at the role the accountancy profession can and should play in addressing the climate crisis, while ensuring any action protects the earth’s ecosystem and is socially just.

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Climate change is the biggest risk to your business

ICAEW is running a series in the lead-up to COP28, highlighting what needs to happen to ensure a socially just transition to net zero that also delivers for nature and society. Richard Spencer, ICAEW Director of Sustainability, explains why this is a business-critical issue.

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Just transition

It will be impossible to transition to net zero without supporting all of society to do so. Understanding what makes a socially just transition is a crucial part of sustainable accounting.

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Accountants can be guardians of sustainability data

Fresh from his time at COP28 in Dubai, ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza reflects on the role the profession will play in transitioning the global economy to net zero.

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Business case for nature

Reversing nature loss must be an integral part of the transition to net zero. A thriving ecosystem underpins all life on earth, including ours, and accountants have a core role to play in protecting it.

Richard Spencer, Director of Sustainability at ICAEW, Karen Ellis, Chief Economist at WWF-UK

Nature’s role in a sustainable future

ICAEW visited WWF-UK to learn more about the crucial role nature must play in any transition to net zero.

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The COP Diaries

ICAEW and its partners use high-level meetings like COP28 to help professional accountants prepare for a world where their skills are needed more than ever.

Mark Gough, CEO Capitals Coalition, Jessica Fries of Accounting for Sustainability, Richard Spencer of ICAEW COP diaries

The COP Diaries

A look behind the scenes at how ICAEW and its strategic partners plan for COP climate meetings. We follow them in the weeks leading up to COP28.

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