Interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are rising throughout the business world. The leadership of nonprofit organizations may feel that nonprofits are inherently “good” on ESG issues, but stakeholders are starting to demand more. Has your organization identified key metrics to track and report? Is your investment strategy in line with your values and mission? How about your pay scales and benefits? Get ahead of this trend by learning more about ESG frameworks, metrics, standards and reporting considerations.
Background on ESG. Frameworks and metrics. Considerations of how to apply ESG principles to: Investment policies. Vendor selection. HR practices. Board governance. Gathering data and reporting on ESG .The role of the chief financial or chief administrative officer. Standards that are applicable for CPAs providing ESG reports on client information.
Nonprofit leadership considering ESG principles in their organizations and CPAs considering providing ESG services to nonprofit clients.
Describe environmental, social and governance considerations within the context of a nonprofit organization. Recognize ESG frameworks and metrics relevant to nonprofit organizations. Identify areas within an organization in which ESG reporting would be relevant and impactful. Define data needs and the role of the finance team in ESG reporting. Recognize standards applicable to CPAs reporting on client ESG information.
Renee Ordeneaux has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting and in industry, including various management roles within several nonprofit organizations, from membership director to CFO. She is a partner at Armanino LLP, the largest accounting firm based in California, where she provides audit and tax services to a broad range of nonprofit groups, including social services organizations, health clinics, religious congregations, mentoring programs and foundations. Prior to RBZ’s merger with Armanino, she led RBZ’s audit practice. She serves on the Armanino quality control committee and nonprofit practice group. Ordeneaux volunteers her time with various nonprofit organizations, and is treasurer of the Theodore Payne Foundation, an organization promoting the use of California’s native plants in landscapes, and the board chair of Upward Bound House, which provides supportive housing services to homeless families. She is a former board president and treasurer of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent speaker on nonprofit accounting and finance issues, and taught nonprofit accounting in the UCLA Extension accounting program for five years. Ordeneaux has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master of business administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a member of the AICPA and CalCPA.
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