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Accounting for the Future

Register to attend this year's Accounting for the Future virtual conference to earn 20 units of free CPD

Accounting for the Future registration

Registration is free and you can earn up to 20 units of CPD by attending

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ACCA’s flagship annual virtual conference Accounting for the Future this year runs from 23 to 25 November. Once again we'll be offering engaging, enjoyable learning and development opportunities, keeping you up to date with the tools and knowledge you need to ensure business, accountancy practices and the public sector can adapt, survive and thrive. 

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Rethinking Sustainable Business’. We’ll be analysing the issues facing finance professionals around the world in this incredibly challenging year, including a review of the key issues for business – and, in particular, accountants – arising from the COP26 UN climate change conference. We’ll also have insights and advice from experts in a range of targeted sessions, from technical developments and economic updates, to trends in technology, changes in audit and workplace wellbeing – and everything in between.

Accounting for the Future will be followed on 1 and 2 December by ACCA’s Virtual Public Sector Conference, which focuses specifically on the interests of finance professionals working in the public sector around the world.

By attending Accounting for the Future, members can earn 20 units of CPD, with an additional seven units available to attendees of the public sector event.

Rethinking sustainable business: is the profession ready for change?
23 November 2021

9am (UK)

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We live and work in a time of accelerating economic, social and environmental change. Society expects more of business as we seek a fairer world, one that addresses economic and financial stability alongside sustainable growth. Value and trust are essential to this. But are business and accountancy and finance professions ready for this change? Join the chief executives of ACCA, CA ANZ and CFA Institute who will discuss the challenges ahead.

Lessons for business from COP26
23 November 2021

10am (UK)

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Heads of states, climate experts and campaigners meet at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in early November 2021 to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. This session will reflect on the outputs from COP26 and hear from financial professionals around the world on the vital role accountants must play in ensuring every financial decision takes climate change into account.

Bridging the great economic divide
23 November 2021

11am (UK)

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A divergence has emerged between the performance of advanced and developing economies. Rapid progress with vaccination and massive government support, especially to households, enabled rich countries to quickly recover from the Covid shock. But limited vaccination and modest government support has left emerging market economies struggling. Join economists discussing the challenges facing developed and developing countries, and the economic policies needed for a post-pandemic world.

Professional skills in the next decade: accountants at the heart of sustainable organisations
23 November 2021

12pm (UK)

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What does the next decade hold for professional accountancy skills around the world? Based on the ACCA report, 'Professional accountants at the heart of sustainable organisations', we reveal five drivers of change shaping accountants’ vital impact. Learn from the expert panel of employers and finance professionals about future career zones and the underlying skills essential to create, protect and report on value for organisations and a sustainable global economy.

Ethical adoption of AI to deliver sustainable long-term value
23 November 2021

2pm (UK)

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With artificial intelligence now cutting across all three of the environmental, social and governance aspects of business, it has never been more important for professional accountants to understand the ethics that lie behind the algorithms. Building on the ACCA/CA ANZ report, Ethics for sustainable AI adoption, we will discuss with industry experts the fundamental principles that must now be tackled and how professional accountants can ensure AI delivers sustainable long-term value.

Techniques for building trust and changing minds
23 November 2021

3pm (UK)

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In trying to create meaningful change, telling people what to do rarely works and can in fact backfire. Instead, the profession needs to win over stakeholders by building trust and demonstrating sophisticated influence and persuasion skills. In this practical session, Dr Rob Yeung will look at research-based strategies and tactics that have been shown to lead to higher levels of stakeholder engagement and behaviour change

Meet the new ACCA president and her team
24 November 2021

8am (UK)

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Meet ACCA's new Officer Team for 2022. This webinar is a great opportunity for members to hear from ACCA's new president, deputy president and vice president. There will also be a Q&A during the session, giving you the opportunity to put forward your questions to our panel.

Sustainable SMEs aim high: how ambitious finance professionals can lead business transformation
24 November 2021

9am (UK)

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As sustainability becomes increasingly important for small businesses, we explore how finance professionals and their teams can lead sustainable transformation in the SME sector. With discussions based on recent ACCA and CA ANZ research, we will demonstrate the practical benefits of sustainable business practices, with examples of SMEs championing sustainability. We will be joined by SME leaders who will share their sustainable transformation stories.

Fast forward: accelerating your business through growth hubs
24 November 2021

10am (UK)

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Join us as we discuss synergies and opportunities between growth hubs, accelerators and incubators, and the vital role that accountancy professionals can play in supporting growing businesses. Drawing on ACCA’s report, 'Space to Grow', we talk with growth hub professionals and accounting advisers, giving practical examples of cooperation between growth hubs, accountancy practices and growing businesses, showing how SMEs can accelerate their future plans.

Finance functions in an agile world
24 November 2021

11am (UK)

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The pandemic has forced many organisations to expedite changes to processes and applications. This accelerating transformation agenda has brought into focus the need for data and technology to facilitate efficient operations, carried out by skilled individuals. In this session, experts from ACCA, CA ANZ and Generation CFO consider these trends and how finance teams need to adapt to respond to customers, their organisations and individuals in their teams. 

How integrated thinking can support climate-challenge goals
24 November 2021

12 pm (UK)

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As organisations face growing demand to set out clear strategies for mitigating their climate impacts, can integrated thinking help deliver a joined-up, consistent approach to understanding climate change risk and opportunity? Drawing on real-life experience, this session with leading integrated thinking experts will highlight the growing importance of a multi-capital approach to corporate reporting and show how integrated thinking can help future-proof organisations.

Putting ESG and risk management into practice
24 November 2021

2pm (UK)

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing risk and being sustainable. Yet while both mean different things to different organisations, accountancy is at the heart of enterprise risk management and environmental, social and governance matters in any type of entity. This panel of experts discusses how to optimise risk reporting and shape a journey to resiliency and long-term performance in today’s volatile, uncertain world.  

Workplace wellbeing: helping others and yourself
24 November 2021

3pm (UK)

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Research shows that being able to relate to others with more compassion leads to having healthier relationships and promotes organisational success. In this session we explore how compassion already plays out in your everyday working life. We will share tips on how to be more empathic to better meet clients’ and colleagues’ needs, and practical tips on how to be kinder to yourself. 

How modern future-focused accountants scope, select and implement best-of-breed accounting technology
25 November 2021

9am (UK)

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Join hosts of ACCA’s Practice Room to gain insights on how to modernise your practice and navigate accounting technology. We’ll share practical tips on how to choose the best-of-breed practice software; what to look for, what it can achieve, and how it can improve work processes; how to navigate implementing the technology, and how to overcome the challenges along the way. And how embracing innovative tools will help deliver better service, ensuring clients have an amazing experience.

Golden opportunity of SMP sustainability services
25 November 2021

10am (UK)

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As trusted advisers to the SME sector, small and medium-sized practices have the perfect opportunity to lead sustainable transformation for small businesses. We talk with those who have transformed their own practices by providing clients with sustainability services, starting from raising awareness through to implementing sustainable business models and reporting on non-financial information. We set out how you can add sustainability as a service line to your own accountancy practice.

Tackling today's audit challenges
25 November 2021

11am (UK)

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Auditors remain under pressure as a result of the pandemic. Increasing trust in audit and corporate governance is key to improving the wider global financial reporting ecosystem. Learn how leaders of the audit profession around the world are responding to the challenges and working on answering the big questions, including audit quality, fraud, going concern and closing the audit expectation gap.

Reporting intangible assets: mapping the way ahead
25 November 2021

12pm (UK)

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The session will look at the current problems with the reporting of intangible assets, what changes to existing standards should be considered by the IASB if they adopt this as part of their next work plan, and how intangibles should be covered in the upcoming sustainability standards as well financial reporting. The session will begin with an update from the IASB on their forthcoming work plan.

CPD drop-in clinic
25 November 2021

1pm (UK)

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Make sure you are up to date with all the latest CPD requirements – join this session to hear advice from a panel of ACCA experts who will answer your questions on how to make sure your learning is supporting your career, providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in your career and ensuring you are maximising your employment opportunities.

Accounting for equality in a post-pandemic world
25 November 2021

2pm (UK)

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The pandemic has had many devastating impacts on our economies and societies, but for those in vulnerable or marginalised communities, the impacts have been even worse. Inequalities are widening and government interventions have not always been designed, implemented and evaluated with those left behind in mind. How can accountants work to rectify this and ensure that everyone is included, counted and considered when we build back after the storm?

Towards a sustainable global tax system
25 November 2021

3pm (UK)

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Public trust in tax is vital if governments around the world are to fulfil their commitments to create a fair, workable and sustainable global tax system. Set against the spiralling public costs of the pandemic, the pressure to deliver this system has never been greater. Our panel of experts will discuss the future of business, tax, technology and society, and the role that professional accountants can play in building a sustainable tax system.

Virtual Public Sector Conference registration
1 and 2 December 2021

Registration is free and you can earn up to seven units of CPD by attending

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