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The future of food

Coronavirus has transformed our relationship with our food. From the panicked stockpiling and empty supermarket shelves in March to the troubling times facing our pubs, cafes and restaurants, the questions about what we eat and how we go about putting it on our plates have become difficult to ignore.

And even before the pandemic, the food industry was rising up the UK business agenda, with fears that a no-deal Brexit might inflate food prices and interrupt supply chains, or – on a worldwide scale – of global warming triggering harvest failure.

Taking the flexible route to Chartered Accountancy

In this short, special series, we speak to members about the flexible route to Chartered Accountancy and how it has shaped their careers. In this first episode, we speak to the experts in Chartered Accountants Ireland about a recent announcement from the Head of Education Delivery, the benefits of the flexible route and what it means for employers.

What does Brexit mean for members?

The EU & UK are gearing up for a month of intense face-to-face negotiations and it is said that the delivery of a deal by the end of the summer is a top priority for both sides, but the outcome of Brexit negotiations is a mystery yet again.

Emerging Digital Life in South and Southeast Asia

Deloitte, in partnership with the INCLUSION Fintech Conference, has published the first-ever South and Southeast Asia digital life index in a report titled, “The Next Wave: Emerging Digital Life in South and Southeast Asia”.

Businesses need meaningful benefits to battle mental health emergency

In 2019/20, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 51% of work-related ill health cases, according to new HSE research.

Wellness

Businesses need meaningful benefits to battle mental health emergency

In 2019/20, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 51% of work-related ill health cases, according to new HSE research.

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Jonny Jacobs CA on keeping your balance

The great lockdown is not just an economic problem – it could also be a mental health one.

Jonny Jacobs CA talks through what you can do to keep your mind fighting fit.

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The CA Agenda Podcast – Episode 2: Jonny Jacobs CA

On this episode of the podcast, Indy is joined by Starbucks Finance Director EMEA, Jonny Jacobs CA

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Why healthy minds matter at work

Firms need to manage their employees’ mental wellbeing if they are to foster a more productive workplace, writes Jennifer Constable.

Sustainability & SDGs

Finance for the Future Awards 2021

Finance for the Future Awards 2021

We are looking for examples of good practice that could be transformational in building a sustainable organisation, while highlighting the role the finance function plays in innovation and integrated thinking.

Sustainable Policy

Fee-earning opportunities from sustainability: Is your firm leaving cash on the table?

By: ICAS Sustainability Panel member Fiona Donnelly, CA Read about how the ever-evolving topic of sustainability creates ways to grow your business and further serve your clients. Sustainability comprises the many elements of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics, that are evolving over time; vary across company, industry and country; […]

Does your board know how to make its net zero contribution?

Does your board know how to make its net zero contribution?

28 January 2021: Delivering the UK’s net zero ambition should be a priority for every board member – executive and non-executive director alike. Chapter Zero and ICAEW have come together to explain what net zero really means for businesses and their boards.

Digital Disruption

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Emerging Digital Life in South and Southeast Asia

Deloitte, in partnership with the INCLUSION Fintech Conference, has published the first-ever South and Southeast Asia digital life index in a report titled, “The Next Wave: Emerging Digital Life in South and Southeast Asia”.

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Capital Evolution

There’s a new way of raising capital that is taking the world by storm. This smart application of blockchain technology will create a number of opportunities and challenges for businesses and investors alike.

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Accounting’s Extra-Financial Future

Beyond the classic model of Porter’s Five Forces, social expectations and environmental pressures are mounting on today’s businesses. Thankfully, tools exist to help businesses understand and improve their extra-financial performance. Today’s businesses find themselves having to constantly adjust to new expectations from an increasingly informed consumer base, to changing laws […]

Covid-19 - Global Recovery

Businesses need meaningful benefits to battle mental health emergency

In 2019/20, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 51% of work-related ill health cases, according to new HSE research.

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ISCA Practitioners Conference 2020

The Conference, which highlighted the changing audit and business landscape, and the challenges brought about by the pandemic, also discussed the strategies that practitioners could adopt to build up their resilience for tomorrow.

In the brighter future when historians write about the Covid-19 crisis, it will hopefully be, for the audit profession, a tale of human ingenuity and adaptability.

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Disclosures and Risk Management

Trends, Gaps and Best Practices

The latest Singapore Governance and Transparency Index (SGTI) study, released in August 2020, showed that although Singapore-listed entities had improved overall, there are still many gaps that require urgent improvement, especially in the area of risk management disclosures.

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Jonny Jacobs CA on keeping your balance

The great lockdown is not just an economic problem – it could also be a mental health one.

Jonny Jacobs CA talks through what you can do to keep your mind fighting fit.

Economics

What does Brexit mean for members?

The EU & UK are gearing up for a month of intense face-to-face negotiations and it is said that the delivery of a deal by the end of the summer is a top priority for both sides, but the outcome of Brexit negotiations is a mystery yet again.

Changemaker: A kinder magic

As Chief of Staff for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Claire Harbron CA acts as an operational linchpin in the world’s fifth-largest philanthropic organisation – an undertaking that is demanding, emotionally charged and endlessly rewarding.

The alleviation of acute malnutrition in Nigeria; establishing decarbonisation programmes in India; the treatment of billions at risk of infection from parasitic worms: it’s not hyperbolic to suggest that the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) addresses many of the weightiest and most fundamental issues confronting humanity.

Ethics

Audit must evolve to remain relevant and trusted

Audit has endured a battering of late, but now is the time for us all to work together to rebuild trust in the profession, says ICAS Deputy President Bruce Pritchard CA.

Although my days as an auditor are behind me, I still care deeply about the profession. My views on what needs to change in this area may now come from the perspective of the CEO of a US-listed biotech firm and NED, but auditors need to understand public perceptions about their trade.

Diversity

Dr. Caroline McGroary ACA on women’s education in Saudi Arabia

We asked Caroline about her experiences of educating women in Saudi Arabia and the impact of this work. We also asked about her motivation for joining the Irish FinBiz2030 taskforce and what she hopes to bring to this group.

Leadership

Taking the flexible route to Chartered Accountancy

In this short, special series, we speak to members about the flexible route to Chartered Accountancy and how it has shaped their careers. In this first episode, we speak to the experts in Chartered Accountants Ireland about a recent announcement from the Head of Education Delivery, the benefits of the flexible route and what it means for employers.

Global Trade

Disclosures and Risk Management

Trends, Gaps and Best Practices

The latest Singapore Governance and Transparency Index (SGTI) study, released in August 2020, showed that although Singapore-listed entities had improved overall, there are still many gaps that require urgent improvement, especially in the area of risk management disclosures.