AICPA & CIMA, together as the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, have launched Accounting for Climate Resilience – a new online educational brief designed to help finance professionals build their sustainability literacy so they can lead and support the journeys of their organisations, firms, and clients as they adapt business models and operations in response to increasing climate-related risks. The resource’s launch highlights the important role professional accountants have to play in this context.

Accounting for Climate Resilience is the last in a series of four interactive “Accounting for” briefs focused on sustainability and business. The series is part of AICPA & CIMA’s continued commitment to provide all accounting and finance professionals with the resources, tools, and skills they need to support the transition to more responsible business practices, and place long-term value creation at the heart of corporate activities and reporting.

AICPA & CIMA associate technical director, Martin Farrar, said: “Finance professionals are at the heart of business and therefore are well-placed to help create resilient business models and implement strategies for organisational sustainability in a changing world. They have connections within the business and can join the dots with stakeholders outside the business to start conversations about what resilience looks like in relation to the risks posed by the climate emergency.”

AICPA & CIMA global head of ESG, Jeremy Osborn, concluded: “With their skills and knowledge, finance professionals can provide insights into organisational governance, strategy, risk management, and performance to support sustainable decision-making built on sound business analysis and assurance of both financial and non-financial information, including sustainability-related data. They are ideally placed to support climate scenario development and build this into organisational adaptation plans.”