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An Introduction to Sustainability Reporting (2 days)

Course Details

Code:9150
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Introduction

This course provides an overview of the principles, practices and emerging trends in sustainability accounting and reporting, as well as a short overview of its historical foundation. The core of the course is its provision of a high level overview of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives (Global Reporting Initiative, AA1000, Sigma project, ISO26000, the UN Global Compact). The course is supplemented by numerous examples on how sustainability reporting is practiced across companies/entities.

The program answers questions such as:

  • What are the principles of the triple bottom line?
  • Which are the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives and how do these differ?
  • What is the high level content of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives in sustainability reporting?
  • How do sustainability reports look like in practice?
  • Why it is important for businesses to effectively report on sustainability?

Learning Objectives

  • Establish an understanding of principles of the triple bottom line.
  • Gain a comparative understanding of the content of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives
  • Understand the high level content of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives in sustainability reporting
  • Gain an understanding of how sustainability reports can look like in practice
  • Understand why it is important for businesses to effectively report on sustainability

Who Should Attend

Anyone who needs an overview of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives (GRI, AA1000, Sigma project, ISO26000, the UN Global Compact) and their application.

Topics

  • Overview of the principles and practices sustainability accounting and reporting
  • Why it is important for businesses to effectively report on sustainability
  • Emerging trends in the development of sustainability accounting and reporting and touches its historical roots
  • The principles of the triple bottom line
  • Overview of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives
    • Global Reporting Initiative
    • AA1000, Sigma project
    • ISO26000
    • UN Global Compact
  • A comparative overview of how the sustainability initiatives differ
  • A high level overview of how sustainability reports look like in practice

Teaching Method

  • Group live instruction, cases, examples, group work, open discussions
  • Description and explanation of major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives (GRI, AA1000, Sigma project, ISO26000, the UN Global Compact)requirements in clear and simple language
  • Extensive use of case studies and examples with practical application of the requirements of the various major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives (GRI, AA1000, Sigma project, ISO26000, the UN Global Compact)
  • Active participation is encouraged
  • All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials

Instructors

The instructor for this course will be drawn from one of our core faculty of subject matter experts. Further details will be published at the earliest opportunity.

Venue

Our seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

CPE/CPD Accreditation

IASeminars is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org .

 

Field of study: Accounting

Prerequisites

This is an introductory course to sustainability reporting and requires no prior experience on the topic. No advance preparation is required for this course.

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