Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ACCA’s third online virtual conference

ACCA’s third online virtual conference attracts big names to discuss important issues for the business world

10 August 2011: More than 6,000 finance professionals have signed-up for ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) online Research & Insights Conference which launched last week. The conference sessions can be viewed on-demand via the ACCA website until 27 October 2011 at the following link: 

The conference covered a wide range of topics from a wealth of expert speakers, including: the new business environment: opportunities for growth; why talent management in finance matters; integrated reporting: a framework for the future; financial issues from Brussels; extended audit reporting; the eProfessional: creating the next generation of accountants; making businesses accountable; cloud computing; social media; and XBRL.

HRH Prince of Wales delivered a live address at the conference on his involvement with the Accounting for Sustainability Project, as part of the session on integrated reporting.

The online audience also heard from Professor Mervyn King, deputy chair of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC), who also talked about the future scope of integrated reporting, as well as the benefits and challenges of creating a framework that brings together financial, environmental and social and governance information in a clear, concise and comparable format.

Mark Gold, ACCA’s President, delivered a keynote welcome address for online attendees of the conference. Speaking after the event he said: “ACCA’s programme is relevant and timely, and includes excellent insights and advice for budding entrepreneurs and innovative accountants. The key to this conference is that it can be accessed online until the end of October, meaning that for those who didn’t get a chance to see everything in one day, they can dip into the sessions they want to see – from audit to pensions, from shareholding accountability to the future of the European economy.”

“The Research and Insights Conference is a fantastic opportunity to catch-up with the latest thinking on issues at the cutting edge of the accountancy profession,” says Ewan Willars, director of policy at ACCA. “Speakers from around the world covered a variety of regional and global topics that are highly timely and relevant. There is something for every kind of business and finance professional.”