Here Come the Bean Counters!

Having lead hundreds of sustainability performance assurance engagements over the last several decades I admit bias but have seen first hand evidence that organizations exaggerate and in some cases misrepresent their sustainability performance. This is especially true when the marketing departments are tasked with the job of turning an organization green.

As non-financial sustainability performance information is relied upon to make important decisions about investment and other business relationships, assurance of organizations sustainability performance assertions will become more common. An important question is who will do this assurance work? Recognizing opportunity the financial accounting profession is hard at work tooling up to fill this emerging niche

The confidences stakeholders can place in the results of an assurance engagement are directly proportional to the competence of those performing the audits. It will be interesting to see how the bean counters do at assessing environmental, health, safety and social performance as they endeavor to to learn the practice in this market.

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About Kevin Lehner

Kevin has been president of ECSI for over 25 years. His practice focuses on environmental and health and safety management systems training, consulting and auditing. He is an active member of the US Technical Advisory Committees to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. He represents that USA at international meetings of these committees. He is also the lead developer of the CorrectTrack corrective action tracking app.