The value balancing alliance e.V. (VBA) is a non-profit organization founded in June 2019 by global companies to develop and promote a methodology to assess company’s impacts on nature, society, and the economy in monetary terms along the value chain. In addition, the Alliance develops a concept how this information can be reflected in the profit & loss account and the balance sheet along the traditional financial statements. The Alliance has four primary objectives: a) to standardize a methodology to assess the broader enterprise value based on multi-capital accounting and impact valuation; b) to design a disclosure frame for comparability; c) to pilot the methodology in business steering; d) to make outcomes publicly available. The aim is to provide a comprehensive set of robust and assured data on natural, social and human capital for stakeholders to improve decision-making, business steering and performance evaluation. The Alliance is supported, amongst others, by the four largest professional services networks – Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC – and by the OECD and the World Bank as a policy advisor. In February, the Alliance received a grant by the EU Commission to develop green accounting principles for the EU to support the implementation of the Green Deal.
The session at the Global Solutions Summit will introduce the methodology for company evaluation developed by the Value Balancing Alliance and will discuss the way forward for more holistic company evaluation. It will focus on latest developments in public and private accounting, standardizing methodologies and making them comparable, as well as on solutions to generate traction amongst key decision-makers in business and politics.
Novartis, South Africa
President, Global Solutions Initiative
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