In our interview this month, we hear from Datuk Bazlan Osman FCCA, a highly regarded finance leader, who is championing the profession in Malaysia. A veteran of the C-suite, Bazlan is chair of the ACCA Malaysia Advisory Committee and president of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He talks about ethics, trust and integrity.

In our article on how sustainability accounting will support governments, we look at why the public sector needs its own set of sustainability standards, and how professional accountants should lead on this. And we consider the growing concerns over ethical behaviour in the fallout from exam cheating scandals at some of the Big Four firms.

Columnist Errol Oh asks why materiality matters in sustainability reporting and considers the variety of views and interests about what is material in reporting while the climate crisis reminds us that the clock is ticking.

Some of the greatest stories have the ability to engage and delight readers. In our article on telling your corporate story, we get some tips on how companies can think about ways to create a compelling annual report and share their journey with stakeholders.

In our careers section, Dr Rob Yeung looks at the personality traits of those who are most likely to be destined for the C-suite. Do you have what it takes to get noticed and put in charge? We also find out whether having a career gap in your cv enhances or hinders your employability. 

Finally, don’t forget to sign up for our virtual Accounting for the Future conference, to earn up to 15 free CPD units. This year’s event runs from 29 November to 1 December.

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