7 minutes | Jul 19, 2021

Ravi Abeywardana - Embedding sustainability into an organisation

In this episode, Ravi Abeywardana, Technical Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board speaks about how to ensure climate sustainability commitments are embedded within an organisation and not simply ‘corporate green-washing’.It’s easy to see that accountants have all the skills to support climate action within the companies we operate in; doing what we do best, challenging and testing positions and assumptions and ensuring comparable and consistent opinion.Ravi talks about learning how to turn knowledge into action - “the good thing is that the accountant does not need to be an expert in climate, but you do need to ask the correct questions and understand how climate change could impact the numbers we manage in our books on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, my suggestion to you is take free courses, such as those on the TCFD knowledge hub, and put them into action. It’s not revolutionary but you can start today.”He also speaks about the importance of collaboration and bringing others on the journey. “Work with your sustainability department or a good consultant to ask questions and find ways to collaborate. Connect with your financial controllers, financial directors and CEOs to advocate for the implementation of climate related disclosures.  The audio in this episode is a little bit glitchy due to technical difficulties at the time of recording.  However, the message is well worth listening to and we hope you enjoy it.
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