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SILC: Beyond The Conference

Thank you very much for joining us at our flagship 4th Annual Conference on Sustainability last week. We hope that you enjoyed our full day of professional education and networking, with fellow professionals who care deeply about the long term viability of our economy, our environment, and our society. So what happens now? How shall…

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ESG Disclosure: Evaluating SEC’s Peirce and IOSCO’s Comments (Part 1 of 2)

It is no secret that ESG has been a substantial investing theme in recent years. There continues to be added pressure for increased ESG disclosure and ESG standards development. This year, the International Organization of Security Commissions (IOSCO) has outlined the importance of added ESG disclosure. However, one SEC commissioner, Hester Peirce harshly criticized IOSCO’s…

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Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

Three years ago, at SILC’s inaugural conference, Dr. Mervyn E. King took to the podium on two occasions to present and discuss the “Six Capitals” Integrated Reporting Framework. As the founder of the International Integrated Reporting Council, he followed AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon on stage to discuss the emerging field of sustainability reporting.…

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Integrated Reporting: The South African Experience

Few countries can claim that integrated reporting (IR) is common among domestic companies. An exception is South Africa, with many listed and public organizations having produced integrated reports for over six years. The emergence of IR as the dominant form of corporate reporting in South Africa has produced a significant number of internal and external…

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From Financial Capitalism to Sustainable Capitalism

Since the 1930s, we have looked at things through a financial lens, and I’m afraid that cannot pertain in the changed world of the 21st century. In 1994, I spoke about an inclusive approach to governance—that a board should understand the major stakeholder groupings relevant to the company and try in its strategic decisions to…

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The Accounting Profession and Sustainability

The word “sustainability” can have a lot of definitions. We can think about sustainability from an environmental perspective, but we can also think about sustainability as the notion of dealing with change, providing information for decision-making, and the sustainability of the business world and the employment base that it supports.

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Driving Revenue Growth Through Sustainable Products and Services

A corporate sustainability program can be more than just a commitment to adhering to the best environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards in the field; it can drive innovation and be a key element of a company’s growth strategy. As corporate sustainability practices evolve and mature from isolated initiatives focused on compliance and environmental footprint…

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