Global accountancy body, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has been shortlisted for the finals of this year’s Scottish Financial Services Awards for its work on leading the journey to net zero.
The industry-wide awards, organised by Scottish Financial Enterprise, seek to recognise the contribution that both firms and their people have made to the sector and society.
With a substantial operations base in Scotland, in addition to its role supporting members and trainees working in financial and professional services across the length and breadth of Scotland, ACCA has introduced a range of resources to support accountants to play their role in meeting global climate targets. The organisation launched its SME Playbook - a resource that supports finance professionals working with SMEs to develop sustainability plans – ahead of COP26. Backed up by research about the need for standardised approaches to climate reporting through supply chains, the Playbook helps SMEs to understand how to plan, measure and report on sustainability goals.
ACCA’s Strategic Engagement Lead for Scotland Susan Love says: ‘We’re thrilled to be nominated for our work on net zero because we know that financial professionals have a critical role to play delivering upon Scotland’s climate ambitions; whether advising firms on investment to reduce environmental impact, collecting the right data in business, or using their expertise to draw together corporate reporting on emissions. ACCA takes its commitment to supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals seriously and we have a key role to play ensuring our members across the world have the right skills and resources to play their part.”
Sandy Begbie CBE, Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise, says: “The number and quality of entries for this year’s awards has been outstanding, and reflects the huge progress of the industry over the past 12 months. The launch of SFE’s strategy last year has underpinned a growing industry-wide focus on the shared priorities that are helping us become a stronger, fairer and more inclusive industry, at the forefront of the sustainable economic recovery - priorities that have only become more important as we face down an accelerating cost-of-living crisis – and these themes are front and centre at this year’s awards.”
This year’s awards have attracted a record 73 nominations. The awards ceremony, which is sponsored by EY, takes place on 27 October, at the Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow Central.
- ends -
For media enquiries, contact:
ACCA News Room
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants.
We’re a thriving global community of 241,000 members and 542,000 future members based in 178 countries and regions, who work across a wide range of sectors and industries. We uphold the highest professional and ethical values.
We offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. Our qualifications and learning opportunities develop strategic business leaders, forward-thinking professionals with the financial, business and digital expertise essential for the creation of sustainable organisations and flourishing societies.
Since 1904, being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. In December 2020, we made commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals which we are measuring and will report on in our annual integrated report.
We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society and is vital helping economies, organisations and individuals to grow and prosper. It does this by creating robust trusted financial and business management, combating corruption, ensuring organisations are managed ethically, driving sustainability, and providing rewarding career opportunities.
And through our cutting-edge research, we lead the profession by answering today’s questions and preparing for the future. We’re a not-for-profit organisation. Find out more at accaglobal.com