The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) unites professional bodies in an urgent call to action
Helen Brand, the chief executive of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has joined forces with chief executives of other professional bodies in a call to urge the global accountancy profession to act now to respond to climate change with the scale and urgency needed.
Organised by A4S, the call to action statement has been signed by 13 chief executives representing 14 accounting bodies representing over 2.5 million accountants and students globally. Each body is a member of A4S’s Accounting Bodies Network (ABN).
The statement lists four clear actions for accountants:
Helen Brand comments: ‘This is a call to action not just for accountants, but also for the professional bodies of which they are members – we all have an immense role to play here, and alongside my colleagues we all sign up to three proactive commitments that will help our members and future members rise to the challenge.’
These commitments are:
Helen Brand concludes: ‘Solutions to the challenge need a global response at many levels, and accountants along with their professional bodies have a significant role to play. Professional accountants, with their unique training in reporting on CO2 emissions to measuring social impact, means they have the skills, judgement and data-informed view of business that can help in this effort to forge better sustainable behaviours.
‘ACCA is responding to this by ensuring that we support members and students with the relevant skills and ongoing professional development to become climate change leaders within their organistions. We know that our members, with their strong ethical technical rigour, using the power of finance, can make a serious contribution to the climate challenge and we are determined to be there for them.’
The full list of global bodies which have signed up to the call to action is:
More details on the campaign are here:
Further details on the ABN can be found here:
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The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004. Our aim is to make sustainable business, business as usual. We work with the finance and accounting community to:
A4S has three global networks: the Chief Financial Officers Leadership Network, a group of CFOs from leading organizations seeking to transform finance and accounting; the Accounting Bodies Network whose members comprise approximately two thirds of the world’s accountants; and, the Asset Owners Network which brings together Pension Fund Chairs to integrate sustainability into investment. www.accountingforsustainability.org