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Both IMA, which is headquartered in the U.S., and ACCA have a long history of seeking innovations in finance and accounting, recognising that a strong global profession needs to innovate to be relevant in a fast-changing world. We have already delivered several tangible products and services to global practitioners, especially in the research and thought leadership areas
—Helen Brand, chief executive, ACCA

Global professional accountancy bodies join forces to empower accountants and financial professionals to drive business performance

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) announced today (25 June 2012) their global strategic partnership. The signing of the agreement took place at IMA’s Annual Meeting of Members, during IMA’s Annual Conference & Exposition, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The partnership was formalised by Mark Gold FCCA, ACCA’s senior council member and former global president and Brian McGuire, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, IMA Chair.

'This partnership complements our respective strengths,' said Dr. McGuire. 'Our plans include research collaborations, CFO roundtables, joint chapter events, and the exploration of opportunities to increase awareness and adoption of our respective certifications.

'ACCA is one of the world’s most respected and influential accounting associations, with nearly 590,000 members and candidates in 170 countries, working through 83 offices and centres. ACCA’s mission and history is very similar to IMA’s – one of inclusivity, community, and service to the global profession. There are clear synergies between both organisations and I am delighted to be making this announcement today,' continued Dr. McGuire.

Helen Brand, chief executive, ACCA, said: 'Both IMA, which is headquartered in the U.S., and ACCA have a long history of seeking innovations in finance and accounting, recognising that a strong global profession needs to innovate to be relevant in a fast-changing world. We have already delivered several tangible products and services to global practitioners, especially in the research and thought leadership areas.'

Mr. Gold added: 'Partnerships are essential to ACCA as they help to deliver benefits for our members and our students and to develop a strong global profession which brings value to business. By working together, we can share our expertise for the benefit of the global profession.'

Jeff Thomson, CMA, IMA president and CEO, concluded: 'Together, we summarise this exciting new strategic partnership very simply – ACCA and IMA, global bodies empowering accountants and financial professionals to drive business performance.'

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance, and management.  We support our 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and 8,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 65,000 members in 120 countries and 200 local chapter communities. IMA provides localized services through its offices in Montvale, N.J., USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE; and Beijing, China. 

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For more information, please contact:

Alana Sinnen, ACCA Newsroom
+ 44 (0) 207 059 5807
+44 (0) 7715 812120
alana.sinnen@accaglobal.com 

Helen Thompson, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5759
+44 (0)7725 498654
helen.thompson@accaglobal.com