Charles H. Cho is Professor of Sustainability Accounting and the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability in the Schulich School of Business at York University. His research primarily focuses on corporations’ social and environmental performance and their associated disclosure and reporting, and relies on theories of corporate legitimacy, impression management, stakeholder accountability, and organized hypocrisy to develop and empirically test hypotheses regarding corporations’ strategic use of social and environmental information and activities to manage their relations with society. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Accounting, and a PhD in Business Administration (Accounting Track), all from the University of Central Florida. He is a CPA, CGA and worked in public accounting before entering academia.
Charles is a frequent blogger and some of his work has also been published in practitioner outlets. He also regularly addresses professional audiences (accountants and investors) as well as civil society and the public at large. He was a keynote speaker at the inaugural CPA Ontario’s inaugural ESG Summit. He is regularly interviewed and featured by the mainstream media and was solicited by the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Quebec Ministry of Environment. He has also been actively involved with the Canadian accounting profession (CPA Canada) in the rethinking of its new Competency Map via key committees. He co-coordinated Opening Accounting: A Manifesto and is a Consulting Convenor for the AARN (Alternative Accounting Research Network). With Erica Pimentel, he is the co-founder of Accounting for Impact.