Press Release



James Schiavone

Sustainability: Accountants and Financial Leaders Explore How to Build A Sustainable Business and Boost the Bottom Line in AICPA-CICA Workshop 

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Sponsor First-Time U.S. Workshop on Accounting for Sustainability 
Published September 16, 2010

NEW YORK (Sept. 16, 2010) - The AICPA and Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants will conduct a workshop on “The Business Case for Sustainability: How to Engage & Develop Strategies” on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. The workshop will give financial executives - Chief Financial Officers, Certified Public Accountants and Chartered Accountants - the information they need to implement a business sustainability initiative for their organizations.

“Sustainability is about bottom-line business operations that are impacting the supply chain. Organizations are increasingly linking their performance to the economic, environmental and social costs of doing business. Executives need new skills to measure, account and report on their activities, while evaluating risks and opportunities,” said Robert Harris, AICPA chairman.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying key opportunities, measuring impacts and improving business and environmental performance
  • Understanding the cost and benefits of implementing a sustainability initiative
  • Recognizing how a sustainability initiative influences a company’s bottom line
  • Planning for long-term corporate viability and growth

Speakers include:             

David Blackwell, President & CEO, Sustainable Business Development Services, LLC, Rogers, Ark

Iain A. Campbell, Vice President & General Manager, Global Energy & WorkPlace Solutions, Johnson Controls Inc., Chicago

Peter Capozucca, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York

Robert F. Fox,  Cook + Fox Architects, New York

Tyler Elm, Vice President of Sustainability, Canadian Tire Corporation, Toronto

Lisa French, Principal, Guidance & Support, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Toronto

Andrea Moffat, Senior Director, Corporate Programs, Ceres, Boston

Steve Mitchell, Executive Vice President & CFO, Woodbine Entertainment Group, Toronto  

Kenneth Witt, Technical Manager, Business, Industry & Government, AICPA, Durham, N.C.

A copy of the conference schedule is available at: www.aicpa.org/press/sustainabilityworkshop.

The registration fee is $1,195 for AICPA members, $1,495 for non-members.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs and The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, both of whom are members of The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project.

About the CICA

The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), together with the provincial, territorial and Bermuda Institutes/Ordre of Chartered Accountants, represents a membership of approximately 75,000 CAs and 12,000 students in Canada and Bermuda. The CICA conducts research into current business issues and supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for business, not-for-profit organizations and government. It issues guidance on control and governance, publishes professional literature, develops continuing education programs and represents the CA profession nationally and internationally. CICA is a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA).

About the AICPA

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org) is the national, professional association of CPAs, with more than 360,000 CPA members worldwide in business and industry, public practice, government, education, student affiliates and international associates. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination. 

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Durham, N.C., Ewing, N.J. and Lewisville, Tex. 

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