Environmental issues brief: Accounting for the Sustainable Development Goals


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Sustainability and business – Environmental issues brief: Accounting for the Sustainable Development Goals

November 2021    

This is part of a series of environmental issues briefs exploring the topic of sustainability, business, and the finance professional’s key role. These briefs will help organisations consider the sustainability issues, how to integrate them into their long-term decision-making, and how to incorporate these issues into internal and external reporting.

This is the first of four environmental issues briefs on factors finance professionals must be focused upon to make a difference when working with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The practical brief focuses upon

  • What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Why are the Sustainable Development Goals needed?
  • How to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into an organisation
  • Who will encounter the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Practical tools and resources for using with the Sustainable Development Goals

Finance professionals play a crucial role in helping organisations address and improve their impact on the goals. They do this by providing valuable accounting and management information, including financial and non-financial measures, and actionable business insights. Organisations can then confidently take strategic decisions and implement solutions based on relevant data and information to help society achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Look out for the other three briefs.  These explore the themes of accounting for carbon, accounting for biodiversity, and, accounting for 2 degrees.

To find out how you can lead and develop your institution’s sustainability journey and how AICPA & CIMA can support your ESG development email  leadership@aicpa-cima.com.