Prince of Wales urges 'sustainability reporting'

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30 May 2005

In a speech on 25 May 2005 at the Annual Dinner of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), The Prince of Wales noted that the accountancy profession has a key role to play in developing methodologies for helping decision-makers to successfully weigh up the long-term costs and benefits of sustainable procurement.

He called on the profession to work with economists, academics, and the government to identify ways in which sustainability can be brought centre stage in the decision making process and supported by the appropriate cost benefit analysis. He said: "Accounting mechanisms have not, for the moment at least, kept pace with our requirements for sustainability information. And I would suggest we need that information as a matter of real urgency if we are to avert a growing series of man-made catastrophes in our over-crowded world." In conjunction with his speech, The Prince of Wales launched the first report from the Accounting for Sustainability Group, a task force convened to examine how public sector procurement policy can contribute towards sustainability and influence the whole economy in a more sustainable direction. Click to:
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