Government entities are increasingly distrusted and citizens are demanding, with more vigor than ever before, that CEOs lead on issues of change that will advance society at large, according to a an article by Russell Guthrie, Executive Director External Affairs and CFO at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
Guthrie writes on forbes.com that the almost three million professional accountants around the world represented by IFAC and its member organisations make up a strong force, with the opportunity and obligation to keep business and government on track to support and progress nearly half of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity – all with specific targets to be achieved by 2030.
He says the accountancy profession has a crucial role in achieving these goals.
“In fact, 8 of the 17 goals are directly supported by the work of accountants. Gender equality, quality education, economic growth, climate action and peace, justice and strong institutions are among the key SDGs that accountants work toward every day in their varying roles,” he writes, also adding that the accounting profession has a unique mandate to hold government and business responsible.
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