Climate Change Accounting and Sustainability Reporting

  • Credits: 4
  • Format: Self-Study eBook
  • Field of Study: Accounting | Economics
  • Author/Speaker: Michael J. Walker, CPA
Course ID: Advanced Preparation: Experience Level:
MW-116.S None Overview
Published Date: Program Prerequisites: Other Course Formats:
© April 2021 None Self-Study eBook
COURSE DESCRIPTION

Climate change and sustainability are topics that are increasingly on the minds of investors and other stakeholders. Companies are increasingly subject to nonfinancial reporting requirements relating to environmental, social, and governance factors. For example, sustainability reporting requirements are increasingly impacting the investment and lending activities of global financial institutions. Investors now expect businesses to frame decisions in terms of environmental, social, and human impact for the long-term, rather than on short-term gains such as next quarter's earnings report. This course reviews the prevailing sustainability reporting and non-financial reporting frameworks.

This course also reviews the accounting for climate‑change risks under the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). While these Standards do not cover climate‑change risks and other emerging risks explicitly, they do address issues that relate to them. This course reviews the application of those Standards and the related guidance on materiality to climate and other emerging risks.

Topics Covered:
  • CHAPTER 1 – CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ECONOMY
  • CHAPTER 2 – SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURES
  • CHAPTER 3 – CLIMATE CHANGE ACCOUNTING

Learning Objectives:

After reading the course material, you will be able to:

  • Identify the potential economic impacts and financial risks of climate change.
  • Recognize disclosure practices that are consistent with leading sustainability reporting frameworks.
  • Identify areas of accounting and financial statement disclosures that are impacted by climate-related and other emerging risks.

Who Should Attend:
  • All Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)

Qualifies and Approved with all State Boards of Accountancy and the following sponsorship’s:
NASBA