Webinar - Accounting for Covid-19

Issued: Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:34:00 BST

Accounting for Covid-19: Sustainability, Impact and the Accounting Profession, with ICAS

Sustainability, Impact & Accounting Professionals

Wednesday 12 August 2020
12.00pm - 13.00pm BST
Online webinar 

Can Covid-19 become a watershed moment for embracing a ‘new normal’ surrounding the way businesses and the economy rethink responsibility for broader social, environmental and economic issues? Or does it simply present a pause before returning to business-as-usual?

In this 4-part webinar series, the Adam Smith Business School partnered with key professional bodies to consider the employee, organisational and economic challenges and opportunities Covid-19 has brought to thinking sustainably within the business world.

At this webinar, presented by the Adam Smith Business School and ICAS, an expert panel consisting of practitioners, professional bodies and academics outlined some of the key challenges and discussed best practices surrounding sustainability emerging from the accounting profession during and post Covid-19.

Expert panel

  • Anne Adrain, Head of Sustainability and Assurance, ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)
  • Sean McGrath CA, Fínance Director, Entrepreneurial Scotland
  • Dr Yingru Li, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
  • Sarah Johnson CA – Director, Collaborative for Frontier Finance

Panel biographies

Sarah Johnson is Director of the Collaborative for Frontier Finance where she leads a network of over 50 emerging market capital providers investing in small and growing businesses. Sarah is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over a decade of experience in senior leadership roles for EY in the UK, UAE and USA. Sarah has worked with impact investors on the design and operationalization of blended finance funds and provision of post investment technical assistance services.

Anne Adrain is Head of Sustainability and Reporting within the Policy Leadership Team at ICAS. Her role is primarily associated with the education and awareness raising of the relevance of these issues across the ICAS membership, including its student members, and the accountancy profession globally, and using the ICAS voice and global reach to influence policy makers, regulators and standard setters.

Sean McGrath CA, Fínance Director, Entrepreneurial Scotland is a multi-disciplined senior finance professional who has a wealth of experience in both a practise and commercial setting. Previous to joining ES, Sean held financial management roles within organisations such as Deloitte and London & Scottish Investments. Prior to retraining as an accountant in 2011, Sean spend several years working in commercial roles with brands such as Red Bull, NorthgateArinso and Monster.com where he was responsible for driving sales and marketing activities.

Dr Yingru Li is a lecturer in Financial Accounting, Tax and Audit of Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. She is also co-convenor of the Glasgow Human Rights Network.Yingru has expertise in reporting initiatives and accountability practices could be improved to enable business to better comprehend global challenges, such as sustainable development goals, business and human rights issues. She is currently working on a funded project that examines whether and if so, how national human rights institutions could help to embed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in private sector.


Enquiries: business-events@glasgow.ac.uk 

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