This event will showcase Chartered Accountants who have risen to the challenge of connecting stakeholders to sustainability issues and driving positive change within organisations. Across all sectors, every department is connected to the finance function. It is the nexus for strategic decision making and resource allocation.

Chartered Accountants are uniquely placed to influence others, effect change and transform organisations. They gather, analyse and interpret data, provide strategic advice, manage risks and resources and measure performance. They also have the crucial responsibility to communicate to key stakeholders ‘what story the numbers tell?’ and inspire change in others. In this role they help businesses to ‘connect the dots’ between business objectives and economic, environmental, social and governance issues.

Meet the Speakers

Host: Susan Rossney

Susan Rossney is Sustainability Officer for Chartered Accountants Ireland, former Chair of the Institute’s Expert Working Group on Sustainability and Chair of the Sustainability Taskforce of Chartered Accountants Worldwide. She is author of Sustainability for Accountants, Climate Essentials for Accountants and co-author of Sustainability for Small Businesses. Susan works with Institute teams to promote sustainability initiatives for Chartered Accountants Ireland both internally and externally, including curating the Institute’s annual sustainability conference programme.

Frances Carter

Frances is the Operations Director for Conservation Capital where she works on a range of conservation area business planning and innovative financing projects across Africa, Asia and South America. Frances is also a Subject Matter Expert on corporate sustainable development, sustainability reporting and carbon management, including organisational and project-level carbon offset strategies. This involves a focus on global carbon offset investments that deliver ecological and social co-benefits and meet international best practice standards. Prior to joining Conservation Capital, Frances spent over ten years as a senior Chartered Accountant in auditing, agriculture, banking and funds management, and international development. Frances has two international Masters’ degrees: Master of Science (Sustainability Management) from Columbia University (New York City), and a Master of International Business Administration from IE Business School (Madrid).

Frances Carter

Belinda Carreira

Belinda qualified as a CA(SA) in 1998, since then her focus has been on value creation, strategy, people and most recently sustainability. Belinda has experience working in audit, finance, strategy consulting and as an entrepreneur. She founded WELL, an employee wellbeing company in 2018 as she has a passion for good health and wellbeing and believes that people are an organisations most valuable asset.

Belinda co-founded #SustainableSA in 2020, a project now sponsored by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The project works in collaboration with strategic partners and experts to provide focused monthly updates and education on South Africa’s progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Belinda also co-founded SustainableDNA which is a Sustainability solutions business. She is driven to ensure that all businesses incorporate Sustainability and Climate Action into their strategies and that Boards and Shareholders receive the timely feedback and insights they need. She says that Sustainability is key for increasing organisations resource efficiency and is ultimately a source of competitive advantage. She notes that even though 90% of executives acknowledge its importance, only 60% of companies have a sustainability strategy. Hence there is a strong need to interpret changes in the external environment, work on strategic consequences and deliver corporate strategies that tackle these issues properly while still delivering great results.

She recently won the SAICA Chairman’s Difference Markers Award for Sustainability (in June 2022) and being a passionate lifelong learner, is currently completing a Sustainability and Innovation programme through MIT.

It is her dream to see all people and our planet thrive and for us all to live prosperous, successful lives.

Belinda Carreira

Shian Goh

Shian Goh is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore and has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the financial stewardship of large organisations that span multiple countries and businesses.

He is currently the Group Finance Director of Goodpack IBC (Singapore) Pte Ltd, responsible for leading the head office finance and accounting functions as well as the group’s treasury and funding operations in support of the company’s strategies.

Prior to joining Goodpack, Shian was the Finance Director of Teckwah Group, where he led the accounting, taxation & finance functions of the Group and its subsidiaries in Asia Pacific. This includes supporting business units with their respective investments and activities across the region. A role created during his tenure in Teckwah was leading and crafting the company’s Sustainability Report and initiative from 2017. A strong advocate of sustainability, Shian believes that companies must always be raising the ambition and the targets to achieve ESG goals and in the importance of all stakeholders adopting a sustainability mindset.

Goh Yin Shian

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Be Social

We're delighted to launch The President's Podcast. Find out what @theicai President Debashis Mitra thinks about the profession's future and the impact events like #WCOA, which his institute hosted last year, can have.

As we celebrate World Environment Day today why not visit our Sustainability Hub and discover how your organisation can start or continue it’s sustainability journey:
#CharteredAccountants #WorldEnvironmentDay ...#SustainabilityRoadmap #SustainabilityandAccountants

Download the Survey Findings: More than 3,500 mid-career men and women participated in the study across 8 countries, including over forty in-depth interviews. The survey revealed that while some in-roads have been made, there is still much to do for the profession to both attract and retain female ...talent – especially mid-career.

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New podcast series launches from the #DifferenceMakers. The President's Podcasts sees former President Kate Borer from @Chartered_Accts discuss the profession's future and her journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Happy #Pride month from all of us - head over to our site for a peek at some of our content:

New Podcast Series: We're delighted to launch The President's Podcast. Find out what @ICASaccounting
Former President @IndyHothi thinks about the profession's future and the impact events like #WCOA, can have.

New Podcast Series: We're delighted to launch The President's Podcast - a new series from the Difference Makers. Find out what @ICAEW President Julia Penny thinks about the profession's future and the impact events like #WCOA can have.

We've created a roadmap that aims to provide signposts to Chartered Accountants to understand sustainability and its impact on their work in the private, public or third sector.

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Sustainability Roadmap

The role of Chartered Accountants is changing as the need to do business sustainably becomes more central to how companies and consumers operate. The...

PRIDE MONTH: Our colleagues @ISCA_offical are hosting a webinar on Facilitating a Gender-Diverse and Gender-Equal Workplace from Global and Local perspectives. When? June 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm IST. Cost: $108. #ED&I

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Facilitating a Gender-Diverse and Gender-Equal Workplace from Both Global and Local perspectives

Join us on 16 June 2023 to discuss on creating a DE&I workplace, sharing findings from Mapping Women’s Career Journey, a joint global study by...