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December 2, 2020

ACCA publishes commitments to delivering on UN’s SDGs

By Joe Pickard

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has published its own commitments to delivering on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

ACCA chief executive said: “Setting out our commitments is an important and necessary step in ensuring ACCA and its community plays a key role in the transformational change business and society needs to see over the next decade. Publishing them brings transparency and accountability to our work and is a logical progression for an organisation that has a proud history of championing sustainability. Our purpose, values and strategy to 2025 already align closely to the SDGs, and this latest development shows our whole-hearted commitment to delivering on them, reporting on them annually and engaging with appropriate partners to help us do this.”

ACCA head of sustainability Jimmy Greer said: “We have a clear rationale for each commitment, with a framework of measures to drive the delivery of our commitments. This measurement is important, and it complements our ongoing advocacy in this critically important area. We plan to keep “walking the talk” when it comes to sustainability. Our commitments are a work in progress, which we can build, evolve and unite around. Finally, we recognise that delivering the SDGS cannot be done alone. It is a massive global effort and ACCA is intent on continuing to play its part.”

ACCA’s commitments are:

 

UN SDG

Commitment

UN SDG 4: Quality education

We will offer access to a quality finance and accountancy education that is free from artificial barriers.

UN SDG 5: Gender equality

We will promote gender equality across our global community and achieve gender equality across our employee population.

UN SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

We will support our community to progress in their careers so they can actively contribute to sustainable economic growth.

UN SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

We will empower our community so they can support organisations to be ethical, sustainable, successful and able to participate in the global economy.

UN SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

We will advocate for inclusion, diversity and social mobility within, and on behalf of, our community, and ensure ACCA is a fair and inclusive place to work.

UN SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

We will promote sustainable practices and reporting, working with our community and our employees to reduce the consumption of resources.

UN SDG 13: Climate action

We will embed green finance in our qualifications and learning products to improve capability across the profession for climate action.

We will advise and support governments and regulators to develop and adopt the regulations and reporting practices needed to transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.

At ACCA, we’re committing to becoming Net Zero by 2030.

UN SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

We will promote and adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics.

UN SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

We will work in partnership to build an inclusive global profession that supports the development of ethical, sustainable and successful businesses and economies.

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