For the newly created role of global head of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters, Jeremy Osborn has been appointed by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
The creation of the post shows the growing importance of sustainability-related financial information to the accounting profession. AICPA and CIMA aim to enhance the reliability of ESG-related disclosures and place long-term value creation at the heart of corporate activities and reporting.
Osborn will lead the Association’s ESG strategic initiative. This will aim to enhance the skillsets of global accounting, auditing, and finance professionals. It also hopes to position the organisation as the leading voice, influencer, and thought leader as sustainability-related financial disclosure reporting standards are created and implemented.
Previously the director of accountancy relationships at the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF), Osborn worked with accountancy bodies and leading accounting firms to increase the pace and scale of adoption of integrated reporting, integrated thinking, and sustainability standards across the world. Prior to this, Osborn worked at EY, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project, and Accenture.
Based in London, Osborn will report to the Association’s vice president and managing director of learning, education, and development for management accounting Ash Noah.
Noah said: “Jeremy has deep experience in ESG, a strong record of accomplishment and direct experience of engaging with the relevant stakeholders in this category. The main focus of his job will be to help both our management accounting and public accounting professionals integrate ESG matters into their strategy, operations and reporting.”
Osborn spoke about his appointment to the role: “Working for the world’s largest and most influential accounting organization is a great opportunity for me to help move the needle on ESG management, measurement and reporting, which provide sustainable foundations for long-term value creation by organisations.”
He says, “I’m really excited to get started.”