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Both have made significant contributions to the development of the profession around the world. They have progressed and promoted the profession, while also forging ahead with new thinking on accountancy and business
—Martin Turner, president, ACCA

Two giants of the accountancy profession have been awarded honorary membership of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Ian Ball

Ian Ball, the former Chief Executive officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and Professor Bob Eccles, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, were presented with the honours at a Joint ACCA Council and International Assembly Dinner at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

ACCA President Martin Turner said that Ian Ball was being bestowed the honour in recognition of his contribution to the development of the global profession and for championing the cause of improving financial management in the public sector. 

Professor Eccles was presented with honorary membership of ACCA for his contribution to developing the thinking behind Integrated Reporting.

Martin Turner said: “Both have made significant contributions to the development of the profession around the world. They have progressed and promoted the profession, while also forging ahead with new thinking on accountancy and business. 

In making the award to Ian Ball, Martin Turner said:

'Ian Ball has just retired as CEO of IFAC, after a decade at the helm of this esteemed global organisation with which ACCA has an excellent working relationship. Ian’s record of achievement is well known and in making this award, ACCA is highlighting the important work you have done in developing the global profession. We are impressed, that even after retirement, you continue as a principal adviser – in a voluntary capacity –representing IFAC as a member of the board and as chair of the working group of the International Integrated Reporting Council.' 

Receiving his award, Ian Ball said: 'Thank you for this amazing honour - knowing how hard people work to achieve membership makes this award very important to me, as does the fact that it comes from an organization, ACCA, with such a great reputation as one of the leading global accounting institutions. The way in which ACCA manages to pursue its objectives and be successful, while maintaining an active commitment to the public interest, has enhanced your reputation around the world.' 

Professor Eccles

In making the presentation to Professor Eccles, Martin Turner commended his influential thinking in the fields of sustainability, integrated reporting and corporate reporting.

He said: 'Your work as chair of the US Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has gone a long way to convey the message that sustainability disclosures need to be better. Your academic work, and your publications such as One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy have made real impact and result in real change.' 

In receiving his award Professor Eccles said: 'I am delighted to get this award from the one truly global professional accountancy body in the world. ACCA is a remarkable organisation, as it is truly global it has a great respect from the accountancy profession. ACCA has been actively involved in corporate social responsibility issues 1990 - I think that's leadership.' 

ACCA’s Council took the decision in 1999 to award Honorary Membership to truly exceptional individuals who have played a pivotal role in the international development of the accountancy profession.