Published: December, 2021
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 :
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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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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