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Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)
About the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project

This project was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004, the project develops practical guidance and tools to enable environmental and social performance to be better connected with strategy and financial performance, and thereby embedded into day-to-day operations and decision making: As His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said at its launch, “to help ensure that we are not battling to meet 21st century challenges with, at best, 20th century decision making and reporting systems.”

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a member of the Accounting Bodies Network, established by The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) to bring together the largest accounting bodies from across the globe, to help minimize the duplication of initiatives undertaken in isolation and achieve a common approach to accounting for sustainability.

A4S has collaborated with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and other global organizations to establish an 'International Integrated Reporting Council' (IIRC).
Links to Resources about A4S
Open PDF ... A4S-Practical-ways-to-integrate-sustainability-into-business-decision-making-CFO-guides-160408
Open PDF ... A4S-managing-future-uncertainty-150300
Managing future uncertainty: an introduction to integrating risks resulting from macro sustainability trends into business decision making
Introduces finance and risk professionals to the potential business impacts from macro sustainability trends (such as climate change, water scarcity, increasing population and severe weather events). It sets out why it is important to adapt traditional risks management process to respond to these trends, and provides examples of how to overcome some of the uncertainty associated with their impact, so they can be better integrated into business decisions.
Open PDF ... A4S-Managing-Future-Uncertainty-Mar-2015
Natural and social capital accounting: an introduction for finance teams (March 2015)
Helps finance teams increase their understanding of the growing movement around natural and social capital accounting. It explains the key terms finance teams should know, how broadening accounting frameworks can benefit business, and the central role of the finance team on collecting, analysing and reporting this new type of information. The guide suggests a set of overriding principles based on financial accounting principles to assist the decision making process. It explores the benefits and challenges of converting natural and social capital impacts and dependencies into financial figures, to gain the attention of decision makers
Open PDF ... A4S-natural-and-social-capital-accounting-Mar-2015
Enhancing investor engagement: a practical guide for investor relations teams to engage on the drivers of sustainable value
Assists investor relations teams as they seek to engage investors on the link between sustainable business models and the creation of shareholder value. The guide provides overarching principles on communicating with investors and offers insights into Network member’s experiences of the successes and pitfalls. It covers ideas that are quick and easy to implement such as incorporating sustainability information into investor presentations, to those that will take more time, such as moving away from quarterly reporting of financial results.
Open PDF ... A4S-investor-engagement-Mar-2015
Open PDF ... A4S-Managing-Future-Uncertainty-Mar-2015
CAPEX: a practical guide to embedding sustainability into capital investment appraisal
Outlines how businesses can adapt their existing capital investment appraisal processes in a pragmatic and systematic manner to integrate social and environmental issues. The guide describes how traditional financial return-based investment decisions can be broadened, to make sustainability issues more explicit and transparent. Examples are also provided of how this can lead to more cost effective and resilient investment decisions.
Open PDF ... A4S-capex-Mar-2015

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