2011 Symposium on Accounting, Reporting and Assurance for a Sustainable Future: Risks and Opportunities

The symposium was organised by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia was held on 31 October and 1 November 2011 at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

The Brundtland report (1987) also referred to as "Our Common Future" alerted the world to the urgency of making progress toward economic development that could be sustained whilst minimising the depletion of natural resources and harm to the environment.

This two-day symposium explored issues related to climate change and sustainability and the implications to businesses and the current trends in research. Established and proposed policy frameworks were surveyed and evaluated to highlight the significance of transparency and accountability in reporting environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.

An overview and assessment of the current practices in assurance for sustainability reports and greenhouse gas disclosures were also covered. The current state and trends of carbon markets in regulated and voluntary setting were discussed. Carbon foot printing based life cycle assessment methodology was also covered. Case studies of successful reporting strategies were discussed.