Chinese accountants see rising demand for ‘green’ certification work in wake of food scandals

While auditors traditionally verify financial statement of companies, there is increasing demand for accounting professionals to carry out reviews of Hong Kong and mainland listed companies to ensure compliance with “green” standards stipulated by governments and stock exchange regulators.

Ivan Tong Ka-yan, managing partner of climate change and sustainability services for accounting firm EY, said more and more listed companies want to make sure their policies meet new environmental and social responsibility requirements.

“Previously, listed companies focused only on their bottom line and auditors mainly checked whether the financial statements were fair and accurate. But now, they want the accountant to check whether they have followed all the anti-pollution and social responsibility requirements,” Tong said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning…

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