In February 2023, AICPA & CIMA was the platinum sponsor of the inaugural IFRS Sustainability Symposium in Montreal, where Barry Melancon contributed to a panel discussion on integrated reporting. At the symposium, AICPA & CIMA announced the launch of a special partnership with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, to provide our members with access to the skills and executive management training required to embed sustainability into business operations, decision-making and reporting.
The programme, which will launch later this year, is meant for professionals in mid- to senior-level career roles, such as chief finance officers, board members, and chief accounting officers. It will be taught online through live classes, giving participants access to faculty members with world-leading expertise in sustainability issues and an unparalleled opportunity to develop a global network of contacts with their peers. Graduates of the programme will earn a certificate jointly signed by Oxford Saïd and AICPA & CIMA.
The programme is intended to do the following:
Equip aspiring professionals with subject matter expertise, insights, and practical knowledge to support and lead their organisation’s response to sustainability issues.
Alert employers and prospective employers that certificate holders possess a deep understanding of how sustainability issues affect their organisation’s ability to create long-term value, with relevant implications for decision-making and resource allocation.
Deepen a professional accountant’s ability to apply business skills to sustainability issues, which will have a profound effect on organisational business models.
Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, AICPA & CIMA’s CEO of management accounting, said:
As we move closer to global sustainability standards, there is high demand for accounting and finance leaders who can successfully navigate this dramatic shift to greater organisational transparency beyond traditional financial metrics. Our new programme will give key players in this transformation the skills they need to build trust with stakeholders and provide consistent, comparable information to develop strategies and shape decisions related to sustainability.
To learn more and to ensure that you will hear from us as soon as this exciting new programme launches, register your interest here.