Sustainability

Investors are increasingly expecting companies to address material climate-related risks.

Investor calls for ESG reporting heat up


Circular companies share, reuse, recycle and repurpose. They can be very profitable, because they have multiple revenue streams, taking waste and turning it into a new or renewed product, and reducing costs because they require less virgin material.

Circular economy: what it is and how it benefits the environment


One way for a country to reconcile its international commitments with domestic economic activity is through government regulation to constrain greenhouse gas emissions by companies, or, otherwise, incentivise them embarking on this transformation.

Cool heads, hot debate: The accountant's role in climate action


A growing number of companies are using the international framework for integrated reporting to better communicate to their stakeholders how they create capital value.

Integrated reporting becomes fitter for purpose


Peter Brindley CPA, one of the four founders of Sword+Stone Capital Management.

Good energy: Moving to renewable power


Kedonganan Beach, Bali, in February 2021. From December to March (the north-west monsoon season), waste is carried to shore by strong waves. Almost 75 per cent of the 80 tonnes of garbage collected each day is plastic.

Plastic pandemic: Solving single-use plastics


Annual general meetings (AGMs) have heated up over the past few years, and activist investors focusing on climate risk disclosure are responsible for much of the excitement.

Shareholder activism on climate change heats up


If more people own their home at retirement, it could reduce the number of people accessing the Age Pension if the asset was included in the means test for eligibility.

Addressing the financial timebomb of ageing Australia


The initiative for mandating climate-related financial disclosures is consistent with consensus views from alliances such as the 72-member Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS).

Climate risk reporting on the agenda


With COVID-19 decimating jobs, Dan Nahum thinks Australia has a huge opportunity to reboot its manufacturing sector through the harnessing of renewables, especially wind and solar.

Green manufacturing to boost Australia's economy


Support for climate action is building in the corporate sector, but is it happening fast enough? Can we transform our eco-anxiety into action that moves the dial?

Eco-anxiety: What it is and how accountants can help


Plant-based products can also complement animal products as Australia seeks to ramp up its meat exports.

A matter of taste: Meat alternatives market set for growth


Car-sharing services were slow to take off in Australia, but the industry is now booming.

Car share industry drives sustainable future


The pandemic has created an opportunity to translate company ethics into meaningful change in the world.

Employees lead demand for better business values


The scientific consensus about global warming is significant and we are recognising that preventing the worst effects of climate change needs effort on multiple fronts.

Climate risk: What accountants need to know


With climate extremes increasing at an alarming rate, including those that exacerbate bushfires, more than 445,000 Australian homes are predicted to be uninsurable within 30 years.

Bushfire insurance: Is government intervention the answer?


Climate catastrophes are potentially more serious than systemic financial crises, as they pose an existential threat to economies and humanity, with potential for very deep cuts in global GDP.

Green swans: Why climate change is unlike any other financial risk


Professor Veena Sahajwalla has a strategy for tipping recyclable material straight back into the economy. Photo: Anthony Geernaert.

How inventor Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling science


In recent years, CSR has cemented its place as a mainstream business philosophy, as companies react to falling public confidence in them.

Corporate social responsibility: How can companies take a stance?


Accountants must recognise that they are living in environmental systems that are under severe stress.

Corporate sustainability and ESG: counting on accountants


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