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Non-financial Sustainability Performance

  • ACCT/BK
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • HRCI
  • SHRM
  • CFIRS
  • CWS

Published: December, 2021

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Course Description

Overview

  • Definition of Business Sustainability and its Framework
    2 mins
  • Environmental Sustainability Performance
    15 mins
  • Ethical Sustainability Performance
    26 mins
  • Role of the Ethics Official
    35 mins
  • Dodd-Frank Act of 2010: Financial Reform Act
    54 mins

Course Description

In this Online CPE Webinar, the speaker examines non-financial/qualitative environmental, ethical, social, and governance (EESG) sustainability performance, better known as corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporate social responsibility is considered an integral component of non-financial corporate sustainability performance. EESG activities can be viewed as activities that contribute to shareholder value creation or regarded as costly activities with a cost that is immediate and tangible and related benefits that may not materialize in the short-term and are often non-measurable.

EESG activities are typically considered externalities beyond activities relevant to financial economic sustainability performance and which can be viewed positively or negatively by shareholders. Examples of positive externalities are : 

  • Diversity and independence of the board of directors
  • Majority voting by shareholders
  • Executive compensation linked to performance based on say on pay and pay for performance as part of corporate governance effectiveness
  • Environmental initiatives regarding climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
  • High-quality and safe products
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Ethical workplaces
  • Job creation and fair employment. 

Examples of negative externalities are excessive risk-taking by executives, natural resource depletion, pollution, aggressive management, and human rights abuses, child labor, corruption, money laundering


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Learning Objectives

  • To get an overview of overall environmental, ethical, social and governance (EESG) sustainability performance.
  • To identify environmental sustainability performance and its KPIs.
  • To identify ethical sustainability performance and its KPIs.
  • To identify Social sustainability performance and its KPIs.
  • To identify Governance sustainability performance and its KPIs.

Recommended For

  • This Online Continuing Professional Education webinar on Business Law is recommended for CPAs, CMAs. SHRM, HRCI, and Other Professionals who desires to support in improving EESG sustainability performance
  • This Online Continuing Education webinar is also recommended for CPAs in Canada who desires to support their clients with better sustainability performance

Who Should Attend?

  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Business Owner
  • CEO
  • Compliance Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • HR Professionals
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Senior Accountant
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 PDC Credit of Business Acumen for SHRM Professionals (Approval No. 22-AXPSV)
  • 1 RCH Credit of HR (General) for Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) (Approval No. 583527)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Business Law for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit for Accountant/Bookkeeper (ACCT./BK)

Additional details

  • Course Level :
    Basic
  • Credits :
    1
  • Instructional Method :
    QAS Self Study
  • Pre-requisites :
    None
  • Advance Preparation :
    None

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Presenter

About Presenter

Zabihollah Rezaee

Professor, The University of Memphis

Zabihollah (Zabi) Rezaee. Dr. Rezaee is the Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence, and Professor of Accountancy at the University of Memphis and served a two-year term on the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He received his BS degree from the Iranian Institute of Advanced Accounting, his MBA from Tarleton State University in Texas, and his PhD from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Rezaee holds ten certifications, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Certified Sarbanes-Oxley Professional (CSOXP), Certified Corporate Governance Professional (CGOVP), Certified Governance Risk Compliance Professional (CGRCP), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He served as the 2012-2014 secretary of the Forensic & Investigative Accounting (FIA) Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and is currently the editor of the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research (JFAR) of the AAA.

Professor Rezaee has published over 250 articles in accounting and business journals and made more than 300 presentations. He has also published 12 books: Financial Institutions, Valuations, Mergers, and Acquisitions: The Fair Value Approach; Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection; U.S. Master Auditing Guide (3rd edition); Audit Committee Oversight Effectiveness Post-Sarbanes-Oxley Act; Corporate Governance Post-Sarbanes-Oxley: Regulations, Requirements, and Integrated Processes;  Corporate Governance and Business Ethics and Financial Services Firms: Governance, Regulations, Valuations, Mergers and Acquisitions; and has contributed to several other books. Several of these books are translated into other languages including Chinese, South Korean, Spanish, and Iranian.  His book entitled Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Performance and Reporting, published in November 2012, won the 2013 Axiom Gold Award in the category of Business Ethics. Another book, Business Sustainability: Performance, Compliance, Accountability, and Integrated Reporting, was published by Greenleaf Publishing in October 2015. His most recent books are Business Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Organizational Ethics (Textbook).  John Wiley, &Sons, October 2019, Forensic Accounting and Financial Statement Fraud, Business Expert Press, April 2019, Business Sustainability in Asia: Compliance, Performance, and Integrated Reporting and Assurance, John Wiley, March 2019, Corporate Governance in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, in four volumes, published by Business Expert Press in March 2018, and  Audit Committee Formation in the Aftermath of the 2007–2009 Global Financial Crisis, in three volumes published by Business Expert Press in July 2016.

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The University of Memphis

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At the University of Memphis, we are Driven by Doing. Driven by Doing isn't just a slogan. It's what you'll see happening all around you at the UofM. Every. Single. Day. We've had a lot of firsts here in Memphis. But our most memorable years are yet to come. We are all about forward progress. Yours. That's what Memphis does.

For over 100 years, the UofM has been a catalyst for progress in the city of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and the surrounding Mid-South region. From its inception in 1912 as a “normal school” dedicated to the education of public school teachers to its role today as an educator of technologically savvy, socially conscious graduates who face a complex world, the UofM has always been an integral component of the greater community.

Exceptional students from 50 states and 82 countries choose the University of Memphis as their collegiate home. Approximately 22,000 students attend the UofM, including more than 2,200 first-time freshmen and 2,500 students who live in university housing.

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Memphis among the top 10 in the country for student internship placements and lauded it as one of the top 13 for its teacher preparation programs. Additionally, its graduate programs in audiology, speech-language pathology and rehabilitation counseling are consistently ranked among the top 20 in the nation by U.S. News.

As a doctoral-granting metropolitan research university, the UofM is committed to excellence in undergraduate, graduate and professional education; in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge; in engaged scholarship to the community, state and nation; and in the preparation of a diverse student population for successful careers and meaningful participation in a global society.

Ever forward looking, the University of Memphis is poised to enter one of its most historic and productive periods. Having just celebrated its centennial anniversary, its faculty, staff, alumnus.


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