Beyond Accounting

Modern slavery and the role of accountants

On 29 June 2022, Chartered Accountants Ireland partnered with Chartered Accountants Worldwide Network USA for a webinar on how accountants can tackle global modern slavery.

While accountants are by no means at the forefront of the global fight against modern slavery, they do have a pivotal role to play in combatting the problem.

Technology & Accountants

Highlights – Beyond Accounting: Technology and Accountants

Check out some clips of our Beyond Event in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland.

Beyond Accounting: Education and Accountants

Highlights – Beyond Accounting: Education and Accountants

Check out some clips of our Beyond Event targeting the future of the industry through education and future skills.

Beyond Accounting Difference Makers Podcast

Highlights – Beyond Accounting Difference Makers Podcast with Elenie Panos Carey

Check out some clips of our latest episodes of the Beyond Accounting Difference Makers Podcast.

Wellness

The Finance+ insight series

ICAS has something new for 2022. The Finance+ insight series helps put you in the bigger picture, exploring the key issues and opportunities for today’s finance professional.

Recent events have revealed the need for resilience and the readiness to grasp new ways of thinking, living and working. They have also shown that with change comes opportunity and demonstrated the role ICAS Members can play in shaping a better future for us all.

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Stressed accountants too busy to seek mental health support

In a recent caba survey, eight out of 10 respondents said stress and poor mental health are a problem within the accountancy profession. Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

Accountants are significantly more stressed than employees across other sectors, with workload, long hours and the lack of margin for error in the job tipping many over the edge, new research has found.

technology

How can technology affect your mental health?

Bupa explain some of the ways that too much technology could affect your mental health and share their top tips to help you get the balance just right.

Whether you’re using the latest accounting software or ordering a last-minute birthday gift, it’s hard to remember a time when technology didn’t make everyday life that little bit easier. This has been particularly true over the last 18 months. During the pandemic, technology helped us to stay connected with loved ones, continue working remotely and discover the best recipe for lockdown banana bread.

Remote working part 1

Remote working part 3: the lack of ‘real life’

In the third part of ICAEW’s remote worker series mental health speaker Nick Elston explains what can be done to ensure people don’t feel disconnected in a home working environment.

Whilst some have thrived on the flexibility of remote working, many have not had the same experience.

Sustainability & SDGs

How the circular economy is becoming key to corporate longevity

How the circular economy is becoming key to corporate longevity

As customers become more aware of their personal carbon footprint, they’re causing organizations to take a cold, hard look at their operations—and make some changes.

Climate change has become a driving force in the way companies operate, and consumers and stakeholders are largely behind the push, experts say. As they become more aware of their carbon footprint, people are adjusting their behaviour accordingly—and organizations are catching up.

insight

The Finance+ insight series

ICAS has something new for 2022. The Finance+ insight series helps put you in the bigger picture, exploring the key issues and opportunities for today’s finance professional.

Recent events have revealed the need for resilience and the readiness to grasp new ways of thinking, living and working. They have also shown that with change comes opportunity and demonstrated the role ICAS Members can play in shaping a better future for us all.

Why the chief sustainability officer is becoming more common

Why the chief sustainability officer is becoming more common

This rapidly growing role spans every area of an organization, from corporate strategy to disclosure.

As organizations work toward becoming net zero and meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement, jobs that help foster corporate sustainability are becoming more common, especially in the financial sector. One such position is the chief sustainability officer (CSO).

Climate Change

Starting a sustainability reporting revolution

Investors are demanding better reporting on ESG issues and a new sustainability standard setter may deliver what’s required.

Why the chief sustainability officer is becoming more common

Why the chief sustainability officer is becoming more common

This rapidly growing role spans every area of an organization, from corporate strategy to disclosure.

As organizations work toward becoming net zero and meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement, jobs that help foster corporate sustainability are becoming more common, especially in the financial sector. One such position is the chief sustainability officer (CSO).

On the radar ; Key accounting themes from COP26

On the radar: Key accounting themes from COP26

What CPAs should know about the conference’s discussions that covered net-zero economies, a carbon market deal and reforestation strategies

reporting

Starting a sustainability reporting revolution

Investors are demanding better reporting on ESG issues and a new sustainability standard setter may deliver what’s required.

Digital Disruption

CPAs find your own fit with coding experts say

CPAs, find your own fit with coding, experts say

Expertise will depend on your role, level of seniority and career trajectory

Now is the time to get ahead of the open banking curve

Now is the time to get ahead of the open banking curve

CPAs need to be prepared for opportunities as Canada works to enact an official open banking system, targeted for 2023

insight

The Finance+ insight series

ICAS has something new for 2022. The Finance+ insight series helps put you in the bigger picture, exploring the key issues and opportunities for today’s finance professional.

Recent events have revealed the need for resilience and the readiness to grasp new ways of thinking, living and working. They have also shown that with change comes opportunity and demonstrated the role ICAS Members can play in shaping a better future for us all.

Covid-19 - Global Recovery

How to tackle the pandemic’s effect on social mobility

Findings from research by the Resolution Foundation give key insights into what needs to be done to repair social mobility after the pandemic.

The shockwaves sent through the economy, labour market and children’s education by the pandemic must be addressed in order to repair social mobility, according to the Resolution Foundation.

CAW Shaping the next phase of work and beyond

Shaping the next phase of work – and beyond

As we embark on shaping the next phase of work, there is a mix of concern and excitement about getting the transition right. Kevin Empey explores what leaders can do with this once-in-a-generation opportunity to mould the future of work here and now.

Keeping finance on court during the crisis

How CFOs are keeping finance on course during the crisis

In the coming months, chief financial officers will have a key role to play in keeping a tight focus on what really matters in these chaotic times

As the fallout from COVID-19 continues, business owners remain concerned about their survival and the safety of their employees, and chief financial officers can help.

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Exploring the full impact of COVID-19 on offices

Workspaces will start to look a lot different because of the pandemic.

Economics

Highlights – CAW Network USA: West Chapters – Not for Profit Fireside chat

Check out some clips of our latest fireside chat highlighting the non-profit sector.

Highlights – What’s Happening with International Financial Reporting Standards? March 2022 update from BDO

Check out some clips of the newest updates from BDO on the current International Financial Reporting Standards.

Ethics

AML: how money launderers use virtual assets

In the seventh instalment of Anti-Money Laundering: The Basics, IFAC and ICAEW look at the risks associated with virtual assets.

Cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets offer a lot of opportunities for legitimate businesses, but it’s also potentially useful for money launderers.

Diversity

Tara Cemlyn-Jones takes aim at the gender gap

Fintech specialist and former investment banker Tara Cemlyn-Jones co-founded the 25×25 initiative with a target of 25 female FTSE 100 CEOs by 2025.

She talks to Lysanne Currie about the progress made and the critical role of data.

Leadership

Interview: Rukasana Bhaijee on benefits of inclusion in the workplace

It is not so long ago, when corporate discussions about “diversifying the workforce” meant one thing only: more women.

But true diversity, true equity, true inclusion, encompasses so much more in 21st-century business and society: greater awareness of and representation around gender, race, disability, religion, culture, ethnicity, age, language, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity and sexual orientation. A big picture of the whole world.

Philanthropy

Spotlight The Highlights of – Philanthropy: Focus on Malawi

CAW Network USA’s David Powell interviews Gordon Cowie, Founder and Chairman of Trustees – Friends of Sick Children in Malawi and founder member of ACAUS.

Gordon Cowie found himself in New York City in 1982, working with Roger Musson, the second president of ACAUS. While he dedicated much of his time and expertise to the organization, he simultaneously explored a variety of paths in his professional career.

Global Trade

Diversify markets and innovate systems to thrive in 2022

Business confidence in the first quarter of 2022 has returned to pre-pandemic levels, suggesting that companies are looking to the future after an unprecedented two years, ICAEW says.

ICAEW’s Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), which surveys 1,000 chartered accountants across the UK, found confidence at 27.6 (out of 100) in the first quarterly index of 2022. Although this is significantly below the highest-ever reading of 47 two quarters ago, the peak was explained as a blip following the introduction of the vaccine.