Carol Adams

Carol Adams MSc PhD CA FAICD is Professor of Accounting at Durham University Business School and is an internationally recognised researcher in corporate accounting and reporting and its role in the relationships between business, society and the environment. She is founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. Carol served as technical expert to the UNDP’s SDG Impact Team in 2020 and 2021 contributing to the development of SDG Impact Standards. She consults to multinational corporations and other organisations on corporate reporting and integrating sustainability into business practices. Recent assignments have included work with Royal Bank of Scotland, Cbus Superannuation Fund and Baillie Gifford.

Carol has led the development of award winning sustainability reports, management and governance processes. Carol is immediate past Chair of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative. She is currently Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s (ICAS) Sustainability Panel and member of their Policy Leadership Board. She served on the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability (2011-2021) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Technical Working Group (2015-2021), and was a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council’s Capitals Technical Collaboration Group.