When the global financial crisis hit, ACCA advocate of the year Val Baynes FCCA moved to Australia from Ireland on a holiday visa that gave him a year to find out whether he could make a go of things. He is now executive manager for financial control at CommBank, Australia’s leading provider of financial services. He shares his story, along with the reasons he co-founded the Sydney Irish Rugby Football Club.

We report on the ISSB’s recent symposium in Montreal where the sustainability reporting standards board approved the first two of its standards. Given that the standard-setter was only set up in November 2021, this has all happened remarkably quickly. Reporting standards are not renowned for their quick turnaround, so it’s encouraging to see what can be achieved when the (climate) clock is really ticking. Other sectors could take note. 

In his column this month, Errol Oh considers climate justice and tax, asking whether imposing a wealth tax is the answer to combatting the profound inequalities associated with climate change.

An EY report has found that keeping employees motivated and engaged is crucial to successful change programmes. It lists six ways that leaders can put their people at the heart of organisational transformation.

Despite a slowdown in hiring, we find out how multiskilled professionals with strong track records are in demand in Singapore and Malaysia as employers grapple with staff shortages.

And as ACCA Vietnam celebrates its 20th anniversary with the launch of a Vietnamese version of the ACCA Certificate in International Reporting, our article covers the series of member events and partnership agreement renewals to commemorate the milestone.

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