• 29 October 2021, 9:00am
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The Victoria University Business School and Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities with the support of CMA Australia is hosting a research conference: Environmental, Social and Governance for Sustainability on Friday 29 October 2021 (in-person and online).

We invite papers/abstracts that investigate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues such as:

  • ESG reporting, assurance, or regulations
  • UN sustainability goals
  • ESG measurement
  • investor expectations
  • circular economy
  • involvement of different sectors, including not for profit and public sector.

This year, the conference will also focus on the impact of COVID-19 and future priorities.

Publication opportunity

Presenters will have the chance to publish in a journal special issue of the Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal.

Abstract submission/registration

If you would like to be considered as a presenter at the conference, please submit a 200-word abstract to us, outlining your topic.

Key dates

  • Deadline for papers/abstracts: 31 August 2021
  • Paper acceptances announced: 30 September 2021

Register/submit your abstract

Keynote speakers

CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants

Professor Janek Ratnatunga is the CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. He has held appointments at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University in Australia, and the Universities of Washington, Richmond and Rhode Island in the USA.

Prior to his academic career he worked with KPMG.

Board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

Toby Kent is a board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, an honorary role offered in recognition of his contributions to sustainable development in Australia.

Toby was the first-ever Chief Resilience Officer appointed in Australia and is a director of EllisKent Consulting. He has a masters degree in Housing and Urbanisation from the London School of Economics.

Director, Science and Reporting at Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria

Dr Scott Rawlings is the Director, Science and Reporting for the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria. The Office’s role is to provide independent and objective reporting to inform policy-makers, scientists and the wider Victorian public on the state’s natural environment.

Scott has worked for the Office since 2010 and has played a key role in the production of Victoria’s first State of the Bays report, an historic baseline study of the health of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port; the Science for Sustainable Development Framework, and the State of the Environment, State of the Yarra and its Parklands and State of the Forests 2018 reports.

Director of Equilibrium, a sustainability consulting and Management Company

Nick is the Managing Director of Equilibrium, a sustainability consulting and Management Company servicing a range of private companies and governments around Australia.

From 2009 to 2014 Nick was also a director of the Metropolitan Waste Management Group and was the chairman of the stakeholder reference group for the development of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme under the Product Stewardship Act.

Prior to Equilibrium, Nick was group general manager of environment at packaging and recycling company Visy. He has a background in corporate affairs and government.


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Victoria University Business School and the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities

Partners & sponsors

The Environmental Social & Governance for Sustainability Colloquium is being run with the support of:

  • Victoria University
  • Certified Management Accountants (CMA)


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