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  • 3. Sustainability will never do without Governments

    In our third episode of season three we continue our discussion on sustainability reporting standards with Accountancy Europe's senior manager Paul Gisby, this time with a focus on governments, mainly excluded from our last debate.Governments make up a major part of the world economy with currently no internationally accepted standard for sustainability reporting, or for other elements of NFI reporting. Therefore it is crucial for the public sector to be held accountable through sustainable reporting standards tp help us reach our global climate goals. Tune in to hear how this necessary change for the public sector is a pillar of Accountancy Europe's Green Recovery Counts campaign and how we are working on pushing for more action from national governments in public sector NFI and sustainability reporting. Have a listen to what would happen if governments were obliged to do sustainability reporting and what kind of difference that could make in helping us achieve global climate goals. And how can we go about putting the wheels in motion for this?Stay tuned to hear more about updates on EU financial and non-financial matters and follow us on iTunes, Spotify and more!For further information on the podcast, please contact: news@accountancyeurope.euPhoto Credit: Accountancy Europe, 2021

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  • 2. There’s no Creation like Co-creation: Sustainability Reporting Standards

    Season three continues with our very own Jona Basha, Senior manager at Accountancy Europe, and a look into sustainability reporting standards. She answers crucial questions about the sustainability reporting standards and how they make a difference.Unlike financial reporting, which is based on a globally trusted set of standards, sustainability reporting is still fragmented. Many competing options of what to report on emerged over the years. These varying ‘standards’ allowed companies to cherry pick the standard that would show them in the best light. But where does this leave the global debate? Is the EU striking out on its own?Jona takes us on a deep dive into the political debate around how and who should develop these standards. We also look at where the process stands and how it could best achieve its goals.Stay tuned to hear more about updates on EU financial and non-financial matters and follow us on iTunes, Spotify and more!For further information on the podcast, please contact:
  • 1. Reporting beyond the Financials: Sustainability on the Books

    We kick off season three with a look at how our sustainable future begins with corporate reporting. How can that be, you might ask?Nadja Picard, Global Reporting Leader at PwC Germany joins us to answer some crucial questions about the future of corporate reporting.Many companies are already going beyond the financials, but without harmonisation in non-financial reporting standards, this can very easily lead to greenwashing, as companies choose to report only the non-financial information that makes the company look good.We spoke with Nadja on how financial and non-financial reporting has to come together to give a more accurate picture on company performance. She also discusses how EU efforts and global non-financial reporting standards will have to be aligned and why.Stay tuned to hear more about updates on EU financial and non-financial matters and follow us on iTunes, Spotify and more!For further information on the podcast, please contact: 
  • 24. A 360 view on Sustainable Corporate Governance

    Before the summer break, we present you a special episode at the end of this season: On June 21 Accountancy Europe held a virtual fireside chat between European Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala and Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO of Accountancy Europe, which we turned into a podcast episode.In anticipation of the Commission’s proposals on Sustainable Corporate Governance, Heidi Hautala and Olivier Boutellis-Taft discussed the expected reform and how it can drive the transition to a sustainable economy.They touched on what the European Parliament is doing and why it’s now the duty of the Commission to be more ambitious and make the corporate governance revolution a success in this crucial final decade of climate change.Hear now how the charismatic Heidi Hautala also puts the accountancy profession in the hot seat to answer how our profession can make the next “Brussel moment” happen!Watch the video of the Fireside chat here.For further information on the podcast, please contact: andrea@accountancyeurope.euPhoto Credit: European Union, 2021
  • 23. Do accountants hold the key to changing our flawed economy?

    The modern economy is flawed. It tends to ignore non-financial ‘externalities’, like the environment, when considering a company’s bottom line. As a result, our planet is at risk of massive environmental degradation. However, accountants can adapt and flip the balance sheet. We speak with Andrew Watson, co-founder of Rethinking Capital, about how this shift in accounting practices could hold the key to changing our economy. Listen now to hear how simple it is to bring sustainability into the heart of business. Links to check out:Rethinking CapitalRethinking Capital paper: Constrained by AccountingRethinking Capital paper: Constrained by EconomicsFor further information on the podcast, please contact:
  • 13. The shift to sustainability: A CFO’s journey

    We’ve covered the shift to sustainable corporate governance from a variety of angles on the podcast so far, and now we turn to the private sector to see what companies are doing. After all, they are a major player to get us beyond “business as usual”. In this episode, we spoke with Karim Hajjar, Chief Financial Officer of Solvay. He shared with us not only Solvay’s experience of integrating sustainability into its business practices, but also his own personal story of why he believes that value must include more than just the financial bottom line.On June 21 we will also hold an event on corporate governance with MEP Heidi Hautala as a guest. Further information and registration can be found here.But first listen to our latest episode, in which we embrace corporate vulnerability as it could mean the end of greenwashing!Links to check out:Sustainable Corporate Governance - A fireside chat with MEP Heidi HautalaPaper: 10 ideas to make corporate governance a driver of a sustainable economy
  • 12. An inside look into the BEIS consultation

    Everyone is talking about the BEIS consultation into "Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance" in the UK. To dig deeper into this consultation, we invited Mark Babington, the Executive Director of Regulatory Standards from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to share with us what is in the consultation and the work that FRC has done in the area of audit reform.Listen now and find out more about how the consultation addresses all aspects of corporate governance!Links to check out:BEIS consultation: Restoring trust in Audit and Corporate GovernanceFRC websiteFRC: webinars, blogs, podcastsPodcast Episode: Get your seat at the top tablePodcast Episode: The EU & the fight against financial crime (Part 1)Podcast Episode: Accountants & the fight against financial crime (Part 2)