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  • Managing the Trust P&L: A toolkit for boards

    This toolkit offers board level professionals with a greater understanding of how trust fits into their business model. The tool helps board members and C-suite professionals to look at trust in a systematic way that relates to their organisation.

  • CGMA Competency Framework guide: generate value for long-term success

    The CGMA Competency Framework can help you equip your finance function with skills and competencies needed for sustainable success. You can use the Competency Framework to fulfil many activities as you build the human capital of your organisation, with an emphasis on the following areas: Attraction and recruitment, Performance management, Learning and development.

  • Purpose Beyond Profit: The Value of Value - Board-level Insights

    Deriving insights from a survey of executives across the globe, this report outlines trends and challenges in measuring, disclosing, and understanding the value that companies create. Executives globally agree on the increasing benefit of understanding and communicating the value creation potential of their organisations.

  • Talent - Improving government performance through effective talent management

    Most local government organisations believe their talent-management strategies are well defined and that they have a solid understanding of their current skills shortages and future needs. However, almost half are struggling to compete for talent with their private-sector rivals. How do local governments Find, Retain, and Sustain talent?

  • Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the accountant

    Business has a fundamental role to play in delivering against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requirements. Contributions will include working with stakeholders, creating jobs, enabling access to healthcare, innovating new technologies and leading the development and responsible use of resources like energy and water.

  • Business Resilience: Tools for preparing to reopen businesses

    Reallocating priorities, creating a response plan, mapping out scenarios – here’s all you need to consider before you reopen your business and the tools to help you do it.

  • Transformation - Improving government performance

    This joint report by CIMA and CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) highlights case studies of transformation initiatives from around the world, identifying common barriers, such as, ‘doing more with less’, and the critical success factors which must be addressed.

  • Six rules to delivering a powerful financial presentation

    Public speaking, the number one fear of most people, can be overcome. Analyse one of the key soft skills that accountants need to possess in order to engage stakeholders and help decision making.

  • Keeping business clean: a CGMA guide to countering fraud and corruption

    This briefing report outlines recent developments and trends on fraud and corruption globally and the role of the management accountant in helping establish best practice in their organisation. It offers guidance to a range of resources and reading materials.

  • CGMA Cybersecurity Tool

    Cybersecurity is one of the central issues and risks in today’s global economy. Cyber attacks are no longer a question of if, but a question of when.

  • CGMA Business model global consultation

    Business models are often misunderstood and lack consistency. Most businesses use the term ‘business model’ but do not follow any particular processes or frameworks in order to create and manage them. Our work intends to change this.

  • Cost Transformation Model

    The CGMA cost transformation model is designed to help businesses to achieve and maintain cost competitiveness.

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Managing the Trust P&L: A toolkit for boards

This toolkit offers board level professionals with a greater understanding of how trust fits into their business model. The tool helps board members and C-suite professionals to look at trust in a systematic way that relates to their organisation.

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The changing shape of the finance function

Discover the evolving shape of the finance function in the digital age, as described by senior executives in this future of finance research paper.

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Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the accountant

Business has a fundamental role to play in delivering against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requirements. Contributions will include working with stakeholders, creating jobs, enabling access to healthcare, innovating new technologies and leading the development and responsible use of resources like energy and water.

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Using analytics to reduce days sales outstanding

This paper, produced by Infosys in association with CIMA, alerts finance professionals to new ways of using data to improve cash flow and ensure the value of the organisation is maintained.

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Tomorrow's Risk Leadership: Delivering risk resilience and business performance

The transformation of the risk function requires a strong executive voice of risk to help drive the success of the business. This guide explores the case for the appointment of a senior risk leader to support the board and to manage today’s and tomorrow’s risk agenda.

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An exploration of the implementation and usefulness of environmental management accounting

To improve corporate sustainability practices, Environmental Management Accounting (EMA) has been increasingly adopted by corporations throughout the world. EMA is a decision support tool which facilitates the environmental management strategies of an organisation. Examples of EMA tools and techniques include; sustainable balanced scorecards, energy accounting and carbon management accounting. This paper reports on the findings of an exploratory study on the usefulness and implementation of EMA practices in Australia and Sri Lanka. By investigating the similarities and differences between actual EMA practices and their implementation in both a developed and developing country, this study finds insightful outcomes relating to EMA implementation and its drivers and barriers within companies in both countries.

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Governmental financial resilience under austerity: English local authorities

The increased uncertainty, volatility and complexity arising from the economic crisis and the context of austerity require governments to put greater emphasis on flexibility, adaptability and a long-term perspective in their financial management.

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Qantas

The Qantas Group operates one of the world’s leading airline businesses and is one of the most renowned brands in Australia. The group has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering and maintenance, and customer service after 90 years in operation.

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Transforming the profession - management accounting is changing

This chapter from 'A profession transforming: from accounting to management' looks specifically at CIMA and our changing focus. To purchase the full book, visit the IFAC website.

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Worth your weight in gold?

The finance function can no longer and assume that everyone in the business knows it is indispensable. How can financial managers prove their value?

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