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Sustainability and climate news and insights

Read the latest articles on sustainability and climate change from our Insights section.

Businesses face diminishing window to make climate-related disclosures

With COP26 putting climate change and sustainability under the spotlight, listed businesses with accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021 realistically have less than six months to get their house in order, says Maria Kepa, a director in EY’s corporate governance team.

Urgency: time to build sustainability into economic decisions

With COP26 on climate and COP15 on biodiversity around the corner, and time running out to take action, there is little wonder that significant G7 time was committed to these topics. But was there enough real commitment behind the conversation?

Technical news in brief February 2021

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ICAEW's Audit and Assurance Faculty brings you the latest technical updates on developments in auditing and assurance, financial reporting and ethics. Please note Only Audit and Assurance Faculty members and Faculties Online subscribers have access to these technical updates.

Virtually Live 2021 opens with focus on sustainable business

ICAEW’s flagship digital conference opens tomorrow by exploring the post-COVID recovery and what it means to be a sustainable business. The three-day virtual event, which will also tackle audit reform, the future of tax and the impact of digitalisation, is free for all ICAEW members, students and our wider communities.

Getting to Glasgow: the UK is leading the way with ambitious climate plans but achieving them requires good data and common standards

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Tackling climate change is the most important issue affecting the economy and inter-generational equality. I’ve spent the last 15 years of my career, in both the public and private sectors, championing climate-smart finance to help with the transition to net zero. COP26 is a pivotal moment and I believe the UK really can make a difference. We have ambitious climate plans and we’ll work collaboratively with other countries and non-state actors (UN-speak for businesses, cities, investors and NGOs) to make it a success by showing how changing finance flows can support climate action. The accounting profession has an important role to play in providing the tools to direct capital towards the transition.

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