COP26 may have focused on big business, but 90% are SMEs, which is why ACCA and CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) are equipping accountants with a new playbook to help them and their SME clients achieve their sustainability goals.
How SMEs can create a more sustainable world
details the benefits that sustainable actions have for both business
success and the environment. The playbook sets out practical steps for
embedding sustainable practices within SMEs, case studies from across
the world, and links to a variety of tools and resources.
Given SMEs represent about 90% of businesses of the global economy ,
improvements in their sustainability practices are vital to addressing
our global environmental and social challenges.
The playbook contains guidance from over 30 businesses, both from
SMEs, SMPs (small and medium sized practices) and bigger businesses who
work close with them including The Balcony Garden, Sage, Taylors Wines,
Intuit, Xero, WE Accounting, as well as professional accountants and
business leaders from around the world.
The playbook outlines how the following can make a difference:
- Reshaping business models and reimagining the future:
explaining what sustainable development is, setting out the business
case for sustainability, and illustrating the role of the profession.
- Acting with urgency on climate change in particular:
guidance on how to have the conversation about climate change,
illustrating the need for urgent action, and explaining what is
- Considering sustainability in business operations and every decision made:
demonstrating different ways action can be taken to address challenges
such as reducing emission levels (including how to set targets and
measure emissions), waste, and inequality.
- Adopting sustainability goals: explaining
science-based targets, the Paris Agreement, the United Nation’s SDGs,
and create ambitious strategies for sustainable future growth.
- Bringing integrity to the process: How to ensure integrity in the transformation to sustainability by taking a principles-based approach...
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