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Sustainability Reporting in the Public Sector - An Introduction (2 days)

Course Details

Code:3850
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Introduction

Increasingly the public sector and government seeks to show leadership in the area of sustainability to the wider public sector, businesses and citizens. This not only means setting and meeting goals for its own reporting, operations and procurement, but also sharing the wider public sector practice and lessons learned.

This course provides an overview of the principles and practices sustainability accounting and reporting. The course will draw on published frameworks and guidance materials detailing minimum reporting requirements for central government bodies and public sector entities. The key sustainability reporting areas that the course will introduce are:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Waste minimisation and management
  • Other relevant Finite Resource Consumption
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Biodiversity conservation measures

The 2-day course contains reviews emerging trends in the development of sustainability accounting and reporting in the public sector. The core of the course is its provision of a high level overview of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)- Sector Supplement for Public Agencies.

The course will also introduce the guidance published by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) for audit institutions on sustainable development.

The course will review how sustainability reporting in the public sector compares with the private sector.

The program answers questions such as:

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

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a understanding of the sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives for the public sector
  • 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 in the public sector
  • Understand why it is important for the public sector to effectively report on sustainability

Who Should Attend

Anyone who needs a up-to-date overview of development of sustainability reporting in the public sector.

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 sustainability indicators
  • Overview of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives
    • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)- Sector Supplement for Public Agencies.
    • UN Global Compact
  • A comparative overview of how sustainability initiatives differ
  • A high level overview of how sustainability reports look like in practice
  • Benefits of sustainability reporting in the public sector

Teaching Method

  • Group live instruction, cases, examples, group work, open discussions
  • Description and explanation of major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives in a public sector context
  • Extensive use of comparative examples with practical application of the requirements of the various major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives
  • 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 in the public sector and requires no prior experience on the topic. No advance preparation is required for this course.

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