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May 23, 2017

Answers vary on the accountancy professions role in achieving UN global goals

By Stephanie Wix

Members of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) were invited to a discussion earlier this week on the role of the profession in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), however consensus on the most important goal was hard to find.

The CAW event was held on 22 May at the ICAEW headquarters in London. It was attended by representatives of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), CA Sri Lanka, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Institute of Chartered Accountants Pakistan (ICAP), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA).  

The audience were split into groups of around 6 across about 15 tables and each group were asked to discuss which of the SDGs they found most related to the accountancy profession, followed by deciding on the goal least related and how they all connect.

Yet, while one table pointed at decent work and economic growth as the goal relating the most to the profession, the next table said it was quality education. 

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