SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE, HILTON BARBADOS 10/2/2012: A VITAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ACCOUNTANTS
Accountants and other business leaders in the Caribbean have a unique opportunity to enhance the long term viability of their organizations and their own careers by participating in the International Sustainability Conference to be hosted by CGA Caribbean on 10th February 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Barbados.
That’s according to CEO of CGA Caribbean, Graham Clarke who describes the Conference themed as “Improving the Bottom Line, Protecting the Environment, Developing People” as a landmark event for the accounting profession and business in general in the Caribbean.
“It is important that Accountants in the Caribbean see the link between sustainability and financial performance and the emerging need within corporations to include criteria and some form of measurement for social and environmental performance as well,” Clarke said.
He added “There is hard evidence of the positive impact on companies that incorporated policies and practices aimed at improving reputation management, environmental protection and good governance, especially with regard to ethics. Many companies have found that integration of these performance criteria and reporting on them has led to enhanced motivation of employees, innovation, investor and customer satisfaction along with better financial performance”.
The conference will be headlined by Barbados Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, a member of the UN Global Panel on Sustainability, who will deliver the keynote address focusing on “The Creation of Green Economy in Barbados”.
The sessions will seek to create understanding of how being eco-friendly can lead to cost efficiency and competitiveness with a focus on the role of the accountant in its measurement and reporting. Clarke stressed that to be global players Caribbean businesses needed to have suitable systems to measure their environmental performance, reputation and contribution to the people both inside and outside of the organisation.
One of the global contributors to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Report on Sustainability, globally recognized CGA Fellow and author of several texts on the subject, Nick Shepherd will be coming to Barbados to speak at the conference on “Sustainability Reporting, the Triple Bottom Line Approach” focusing on “people planet and profit”, which has given rise to the inclusion of corporate responsibility reporting in most major corporations.
Mr. Oliver Jordan, Chartered Accountant and CEO of Deloitte Consulting who has a strong background in finance, banking and business development within the Caribbean Region will be one of the presenters at the conference. He will address the topic of “Sustaining Your Business During this Economic Recession” and will explore new models and ideas for doing so.
Dr. TA Loeffler, a gifted and engaging motivational speaker who is known to have her audiences laughing out loud one moment and deep in thought the next, will also address the topic related to one of the three bottom lines, “Developing people, Reaching for the Top.” This internationally acclaimed speaker not only talks about reaching the top, but is literally leading by example having climbed the highest peaks on five continents in pursuit of her goal to do so on all seven including Mount Everest.
Clarke also noted that the Conference presented an excellent opportunity for CGAs to earn Professional Development credits which are essential for maintenance of the CGA designation. There are five hundred and fifty (550) CGA’s in the Caribbean. These finance professionals are employed in government, industry, not-for-profit, education and many are in public practice. Several from outside of Barbados will also be attending the conference.