Sustainable business

The role of accountants in sustainable business

In brief

  • Chartered Accountants have a key role to play in creating a sustainable future for business and society.
  • Business and the profession can contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
  • We are members of the UN Global Compact Network Australia and Accounting for Sustainability.

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Shaping the future

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand recognises that Chartered Accountants and other finance professionals have a key role to play in shaping the future. As professionals, we are tasked with making sense of past performance and also provide insight into what the future might hold.

Accounting for Sustainability. From Sustainability to Business Resilience, a publication from the International Federation of Accountants, clarifies the important role accountants can, and must, play in embracing sustainability to ensure that the organizations they serve are resilient by linking sustainability to a broader business agenda and strategy.

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Sustainability Management Advisory Committee (SMAC)

We have formed the sustainability management advisory committee (SMAC) consisting of members who work in, advise, or have a special interest in sustainability matters. The committee provides expert feedback to CA ANZ on practical sustainability matters and facilitates the exchange of knowledge about useful tools and resources for our membership. The committee helps to shape our advocacy efforts by providing feedback for consultations as well as raising awareness of the important role our members play in sustainability.

The committee members are as follows:

Committee members

  • Alison George CA

    Alison George CAAlison is the Head of Research for Regnan, a global leader in responsible investment. Alison has had a diverse career in practice and business with a core focus on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG). Alison has extensive experience applying an ESG lens across corporate engagement, advocacy, and policy development.

  • Adrian King FCA

    Adrian King CAAdrian is the Partner in charge of climate change and sustainability services at KPMG Australia. Adrian is also the Global Co-Chair of KPMG IMPACT, a platform which has been designed to assist clients in fulfilling their purpose and to help deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adrian works with clients on improving, adapting, and assuring their performance, across a variety of industries, with a focus on non-financial reporting and sustainability.

  • Darren Beatty CA

    Darren Beatty CADarren (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Roroa, Ngā Puhi) is the Group Head Chief Financial Officer at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and is responsible for financial and performance management as well as the monitoring function, business support, grants and legal teams. He also oversees Ngāi Tahu’s iwi savings scheme, Whai Rawa. Darren is a fluent speaker of te reo Māori and is passionate about ensuring te reo Māori me ōna tikanga is part of the life of his whānau.

  • David Bassett CA

    David Bassett CADavid is the head of financial reporting at Fonterra. David has been a long-time advocate for extended external reporting and recognises the importance of integrated thinking, risk management and organisations creating long-term sustainable value. David has also worked at the External Reporting Board (XRB) as the deputy director for accounting standards.

  • Ian Short FCA

    Ian Short FCAIan is a Principal at The Connective, Interim Chair of the Auckland Foundation and Oceania board member for The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Ian helps establish and run organisations at the forefront of climate and sustainable innovation globally. Ian’s ongoing mission is to accelerate the “transition from silos to systems”.

  • Jennifer Foo CA

    Jennifer Foo CAJennifer is the sustainability manager for Endeavour Group. Jennifer's experience includes supporting businesses on their sustainability strategy development and reporting journey. Jennifer believes that businesses are in the best position to make a positive impact on the community.

  • Kris Peach FCA

    Kris Peach FCAKris is a director of Permanent Care and Adoptive Families and a member of the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Audit and Risk Management Committee. Kris was formally the Chair and CEO of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) and has a diverse range of skills including financial and non-financial reporting as well as corporate governance.

  • Lauren Davey CA

    Lauren Davey CALauren is a Senior Manager of Investor Relations at Commonwealth Bank. She is passionate about improving the communication of sustainability and non-financial reporting to enable investors to make informed choices.

  • Liz O’Neil CA

    Liz O’Neil CALiz is the CFO of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners in New Zealand Liz’s has also worked in Beijing and is a board member with Springboard Trust, a not-for-profit providing strategic leadership for school principals.

  • Mark Yeoman CA

    Mark Yeoman CAMark has been the CEO, COO and CFO across a wide range of industries including NZX organisations. Mark was the CFO at New Zealand Post Group when it was one of the 140 businesses worldwide that participated in the IIRC Pilot Program.

  • Miranda Siu CA (Chair)

    Miranda Siu CA (Chair)Miranda is the Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Management Committee and is passionate about collaborating on solutions for an intergenerational future. Miranda brings her years of experience in consulting and financial analysis to the committee and is a strong believer that chartered accountants have the skills to create a sustainable impact. Most recently she has been working as a sustainability consultant assisting clients quantify their carbon footprint and codesign ways to reduce their carbon impact. She has also been helping a variety of clients improve or begin their TCFD disclosures, through identifying material climate risks and understand how it could impact their organisation.

  • Paul Dobson FCA

    Paul Dobson FCAPaul is an experienced partner in the Climate & Sustainability practice of Deloitte. Paul leads Deloitte Australia’s climate risk offerings and works with business and the public sector to help them manage their most strategic risks and take real action on the opportunities emanating from climate change, decarbonisation, and sustainability.

  • Robbie Cullen CA

    Robbie Cullen CARobbie is the finance manager of Barwon Coast – an organisation that manages 15km of highly significant coastal Crown land on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Prior to this Robbie supported a number of retail brands through significant growth - most recently as financial controller and sustainability lead at Starbucks NZ

  • Sumit Lodhia CA

    Sumit Lodhia CASumit is a Professor of Accounting in UniSA Business where he leads research focused on sustainability accounting, reporting, and governance. Sumit’s areas of expertise include sustainability accounting, management and reporting, carbon accounting, integrated reporting, and corporate social responsibility.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals covering all aspects of sustainable development from poverty and climate change to innovation and economic growth. They cover the period from 2016-2030 and all 193 UN member states agreed to them. The SDGs explicitly call on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to help solve these sustainable development challenges. They enable leading companies to demonstrate how their business helps to advance sustainable development such as: identifying future business opportunities, enhancing the value of corporate sustainability and strengthening stakeholder relations.

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Find out how you can help support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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We are members of the Accounting Bodies Network of the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and the UN Global Compact Network Australia. Through these, we are able to contribute to and leverage useful guidance and resources to help Chartered Accountants play this role.

The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

A4S aims to transform finance to make sustainability business, business as usual. Learn more about the goals and objectives of the Accounting Bodies Network

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UN Global Compact Network

Leadership, membership and issues that the Global Compact Network Australia supports.

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Why the UN needs CAs to make the world better

Can finance professionals help the UN achieve its Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?

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How business can create a positive impact through the supply chain

Businesses has the opportunity to significantly improve the lives of many people and need to take a proactive approach to adapt in current and future environments

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