Following significant calls from investors like BlackRock and State Street for companies to report environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, companies are scrambling to prepare and CPAs are being engaged to assist with their efforts. During this session, you'll gain greater insight into the calls to action from BlackRock and State Street Global Advisors and you'll learn how COVID-19 is amplifying investors' focus on ESG matters. You'll also hear about the various ways CPA firms are being engaged by companies to assist with preparing this information. You'll gain insight into CPA ESG assurance opportunities and what you need to know about getting started in this area.
Outline key investor requests for ESG reporting by companies
Identify how COVID-19 is amplifying investors' focus on ESG matters
Describe the various opportunities for CPAs to assist companies with meeting investor demands for ESG information
Recall the standards and guidance to be used when performing assurance engagements on ESG information as well as key matters for consideration when getting started with providing such services