Publication Qualitative Growth and Beyond Accounting (ICAEW)

by Luke Robinson _______5th October 2009

Executive Summary

Although sustainability is a growing issue, it is not well understood. As the subject is prioritised by business, governments and civil society, the need to clarify how to do it, how to measure and report on it and how to assure sustainability information become key issues.

In the ICAEW landmark publication Sustainability: the role of accountants we argued that these areas of expertise – building and managing flows of valuable, reliable and trusted information – fall naturally under the remit of the accountant. They should therefore have a voice in the debate.

This Briefing forms part of our Sustainable Business thought leadership programme, within which the Outside Insights series offers a platform for stakeholders to put forward their views on issues relating to sustainability, the profession and the wider community.

“Our ambition is to change behaviour to drive sustainable outcomes. To do this, we aim to be bold, radical and open-minded. The Outside Insights series offers a platform for stakeholders to put forward their views on issues relating to sustainability, the profession and the wider community.”

Institute of Chartered Accountants 

Qualitative Growth is published in conjunction with Tomorrow’s Company. For Tomorrow’s Company this not only builds on their mission to understand better business success and how it can best be achieved, but also sets this in what they describe as the triple context: that sustainable value creation will be rooted in harnessing the full opportunity of recognising the links between the economic, social and environmental sub-systems on which we all depend for our lives and prosperity.

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