CDAF Workshop - 4 March 2022

CDAF Workshop 4 March 2022

Theme: Building Sustainability into the Accounting and Finance Curriculum

Location: Online (Register here to receive the link to join)

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor Ian Thompson, Director, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Business School
    • Ian Thomson is Professor of Accounting and Sustainability at Birmingham Business School, convenor of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business and. The objective of the Centre is to enable businesses to escape from the limiting, often self-destructive, consequences of intentional and unintentional irresponsibility. Ian has been researching topics relating to responsibility, sustainability and accountability for 30 years. This research has included studies on implementation of cleaner technology, effective stakeholder engagement, risk governance in water and salmon farming, sustainable development indicators, government policy making, climate change, effective pedagogy, use of accounting by activists, human rights, international development programmes and football clubs. His current projects include carbon accountability, operationalising the SDG for business and responsible business outcome measurement. He is the co-author of Urgent Business and a report Net Zero Accounting for a Net Zero UK and worked with Business in The Community to develop their Responsible Business Tracker. He was an expert reviewer for the latest IPCC report, called as an expert witness to Scottish Parliament, advisor to Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, and Cities and Infrastructure Committee, worked with CIMA, Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), with The Princes Charity, as an accountability expert to UN World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation and even a judge for UK Responsible Business of the Year. He has been a board member of charities including Friends of the Earth (Scotland), C-Change, deafscotland, Carboncopy and G17Eco. In 2019 he was awarded BAFA Distinguished Academic of the year. Prior to becoming an academic he worked as a management accountant for NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland. 
  • Yen-Pei Chen, Manager, Professional Insights, ACCA
    • Yen-pei Chen is a Senior Policy Manager on Corporate Reporting and Tax, working within ACCA’s Professional Insights team. Yen-pei designs and leads on globally-relevant thought-leadership research, working in collaboration industry experts and academic researchers. In consultation with stakeholders, Yen-pei inputs to decisions on ACCA's policy positions in relation to corporate reporting and tax. Recent areas of focus include international sustainability standard-setting and the use of taxation to drive achievement of national SDG targets. Yen-pei also engages with EU, international and UK policy makers, including the European Commission, the OECD, the IFRS Foundation, IFAC and HMRC to influence future policy direction. Yen-pei has presented on a range of corporate reporting and sustainability topics at many conferences and at universities including Toronto and Warwick Business School.