Gwendolen White, Ph.D., CPA
Principal, Sustainability Within Reach, LLC
I bring a unique perspective to the practice of sustainability reporting. With a Ph.D. in business administration (accounting concentration) and as a licensed CPA, I understand how sustainability reporting complements traditional financial and managerial accounting. A sustainability report provides a means for an organization to examine all of its risks, whether economic, environmental, or social. Measuring, analyzing, and controlling these risks can often lead to cost reductions, product innovations, operational efficiencies, and in many cases increased profitability. Studies have shown that companies which have voluntarily adopted beneficial environmental (e.g., emissions reductions) and social policies (e.g., human rights protection) demonstrate both higher stock market values and financial performance. These companies are more likely to have a long-term strategy and to make disclosures of non-financial information.
In addition to having worked in public accounting (Peat Marwick Mitchell Certified Public Accountants) and academia (Ball State University and Indiana University), I have consulted with a variety of organizations about sustainability reporting. I have prepared and supervised sustainability reports for organizations in the higher education, nonprofit organizations, and government sectors. As part of the ISOS Group training services, I am a certified GRI trainer and provide instruction on sustainability reporting using the latest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
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