8 June 2021

After a slow start, investor and regulator attitudes towards environmental sustainability have started to evolve. It is no longer seen as just a nice to have - changing regulations mean environmental sustainability credentials will have a significant impact on investment decisions. A clear majority now see it as a key factor in deciding on which ventures should be funded and it is now more critical than ever that businesses take responsibility for, and shape the impact they have on the environment, their community, and stakeholders.        

Putting sustainable and responsible practices at the heart of the business is fast becoming a pivotal requirement. While profit will, inevitably, always be a key indicator of success, it can no longer be the only benchmark. Businesses must be held to account for their actions, impact, and the value that they bring to their market. By having an integrated and long term environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, organisations are taking an important step in shaping who they want to be, what they want to stand for and – critically - how others see them.        

This means that all stakeholders, from consumers to prospective investors, will look at how businesses treat their employees, how diversity and inclusion measures are managed, the sustainability and environmental impact of the business, and any social value and governance practices. This scrutiny is not going away and is only set to intensify.       

Engaging now will help your business in the long term. Across most, if not all sectors, we can see investment decisions being influenced by those with robust ESG strategies - it is no longer an option to avoid these issues.

At RSM, we endeavour to manage our business in a way that makes a positive impact on society and the environment, while reflecting our values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship. We adopt this approach to corporate responsibility in our interactions with our people, our clients, our suppliers and the communities in which we operate.       

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Small Business Cyber Security Guide

In February 2021, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) released a Cyber Security Guide tailored for small businesses. The guide has been developed to assist small businesses to protect themselves from falling victim to common cyber security incidents.          


Bootstrapping your IT infrastructure for under $5k

Developing your internal information technology (IT) infrastructure correctly is an essential component for your business. It will help you deliver solutions effectively to your employees and customers in addition to assisting with business growth and productivity.

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Audit + Net-Zero

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Our Mega Trends 'Bits & Bytes' are a series of short videos that delve further into the notion of Digital Transformation and what this means for small businesses and organisations alike. To provide some insight, members of our leadership team sat down with some of their clients to discuss digital transformation and how they have assisted clients with implementing this in their business. 

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A Conversation with Jean-Marc Imbert & Kee Wong (E-Centric Innovations);

A Conversation with Laurel Grey & Nicki Doble (Cover-More)



Event | Health Sector Assurance Forum 2021            
Thursday 17 June

RSM Australia will be sponsoring the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Health Sector Assurance Forum 2021 on Thursday 17 June, with Jeremy Elman, Principal in Sydney presenting a session on Auditing culture. If you are attending, please make sure to come past and say hi! 

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CFE Exam Review Course for Australia       

Since a hugely successful partnership began in 2016, RSM Australia’s Fraud & Forensic Services continues to deliver this four-day course in Australia in 2021 through our facilitators as led by Roger Darvall-Stevens.              
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