Tag Archives: governance and sustainability

Samarco mine costs will make for more than one ‘difficult year’ at BHP

From The Conversation November 20, 2015 11.38am AEDT Authors Roger Burritt, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, Macquarie University and Dr Katherine Christ, Researcher in Accounting and Sustainability, Macquarie University BHP chairman Jac Nasser says this year will be one of BHP’s most difficult. Richard Wainwright/AAP It is now two weeks since the Samarco tailings dam failure […]

Educating accountants: or is it too late?

Is accounting education to remain a game of trivial pursuit? In Australia on 17 June 2013 it was quite a shock to wake up to hear the Former Defence Force chief Admiral Chris Barrie on TV saying that if the world continues down its current course of activities there will be no humans alive in […]

Would you like an accountant to be your counsellor?

Do accountants have a role in helping clients deal with social, emotional and stress related problems to improve their emotional wellbeing? A recent article by Amanda Carter, Roger Burritt and John Pisaniello ‘Accountants as Emotional Wellbeing Counsellors in Rural Areas’ explores this question. Using semi-structured interviews with owner-accountants and regional development workers in rural areas, […]

Accountancy firms – do they want their graduates to perform bank reconciliations or to think?

Universities have long been criticised by professional practitioners as producing graduates who are not ‘job ready’.  A humourous litmus test is whether a new graduate employee can undertake a bank reconciliation. But the modern accounting graduate needs to be much smarter and well versed in far more than reconciliation as far as bank accounts are […]

Bribery and corruption – where are the accountants and auditors?

Research commissioned by The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) considers ‘Anti Corruption & Bribery Practices in Corporate Australia‘, (October 2011), in the top 100 and 200 companies in corporate Australia. Transparency International also tells us where perceptions of bribery and corruption are most likely to be found in the world. Australia is perceived to […]

Can accountants help towards sustainable aviation?

Aimed at members of the  profession, the article ‘Accounting for Sustainable Aviation’ published in Charter September 2011 draws attention to the importance of sustainable fuels for the future of the global airline industry, and the role that strategic leaders in the profession might play in developing  accounting  for biofuels. The authors, Professor Roger Burritt, Professor […]

Why integrate your reports?

Why integrate your reports? To be seen as clean and green? Or to help embed others in a better state? Almost as a side issue Global Financial Crisis Mark 1 highlighted the crisis over corporate reporting content and quality with the need for environmental and social ramifacations of business activities to be accounted for. The […]