CA magazine: November 2021
This month, the world’s powerful and influential arrive in Glasgow for the climate conference, COP26. It’s hoped the event will put sustainability back at the top of the global agenda, after two years dominated by the pandemic, and result in meaningful commitments to halt global warming.
Technology is essential if we’re to achieve a greener future. The more it advances, the more imaginative we can be in tackling climate change. And like all areas of innovation, CAs are right at the forefront. This issue, we meet those working in green technology, in sectors as diverse as forestry, clean energy and waste management, their stories demonstrating just how critical financial expertise will be in the fight to save our planet.
For ICAS, technology and sustainability are key strategic priorities. To best serve students, members, staff and the public, it is vital we continue to incorporate best practice in these fast-evolving areas. ICAS CEO Bruce Cartwright CA describes how ICAS is using technology, modernising the CA qualification and the member experience, while President Bruce Pritchard CA explains why digitalisation will influence the direction of the accounting profession more broadly.
In the run-up to COP26, ICAS made a commitment to pursue net zero as an organisation. No one can stand on the sidelines as the existential threat posed by climate change only grows in severity. And, as our members’ personal and professional lives are increasingly influenced by the push for sustainability, it is only right that ICAS takes the lead and offers guidance. Anne Adrain, Head of Sustainability and Assurance, shares more.
As disruption continues, ICAS has decided to freeze membership fees for a second year. We know 2021 has been just as tumultuous as 2020 – and our members require stability as things begin to settle. We have also formalised the flexible payment options introduced last year, so members can pay monthly or quarterly if preferred. Again, members experiencing hardship can apply for a special waiver.
The return of global gatherings such as COP26 offers reasons for optimism. If we remain vigilant, technology and sustainability will be a boon in tackling the greatest challenges we face. The past two years have proved we can do anything with the right determination, collaboration and imagination.
I hope you enjoy this edition of CA magazine.