Welcome back to AB after the festive break. Our latest monthly roundup features an interview with Alexander Ashby FCCA, head of markets in group treasury at Tesco. As the profile reveals, Ashby is as likely to be negotiating renewable energy deals as monitoring cashflow – alongside his core role, he has been leading on the supermarket’s sustainability-linked supply chain finance offering.

In other news, we look at the findings of an ACCA survey that reveals the extent of work to be done by governments to improve their public financial management (PFM) systems. Based on responses from more than 1,500 ACCA members and affiliates on how governments responded to the pandemic and how PFM should now evolve to deal with future crises, the report's key recommendation is for governments to invest in PFM systems now so that they are flexible and resilient enough to deal with crises in the future.

If you still have a shortfall in your CPD units, we have an article offering tips on managing self-criticism, and an overview of the IASB’s plans for sustainability standards, among other pieces in our CPD section.

Finally, don’t forget that AB has been producing podcasts on a range of topics – so you can stay informed while walking off any holiday excesses.

We wish you a happy new year.

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