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October 6, 2021

Global accountancy bodies commit to net zero

By Joe Pickard

Thirteen professional accountancy bodies from around the world have all committed to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The accountancy bodies are:

  • AAT
  • ACCA
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori commecialisti e degli Esperti Contabili
  • CPA Australia
  • CPA Canada
  • ICAEW
  • ICAS
  • Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e.V. (IDW)
  • Regnskap Norge
  • The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • JICPA

 

The accountancy bodies are part of The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Accounting Bodies Network. This network represents more than 2.5m professional accountants and students, who work with businesses and governments in 179 countries.

The bodies have committed to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible and will publish plans to do so within the next 12 months and report annually to show progress.

Additionally, the bodies have committed to provide their members with training, support, and resources to help them create their own net zero plans and reduce their emissions.

The bodies have also pledged to provide advice to help governments create the policies and infrastructure necessary for transitions to net zero economies.

AAT president Heather Hill said: “Following the 2020 call to action by the professional accounting bodies, AAT is pleased to support this statement of commitment to net zero. Climate change is an existential crisis and every one of us, as individuals and organisations, has a part to play in driving the effort to achieve net zero. At AAT we will continue our organisational activity to improve our carbon footprint, but to also help equip our members to engage in this crucial collective effort, and to bring our influence to bear on the government where appropriate.”

ACCA chief executive Helen Brand said: “Making these commitments is important to create positive business change – and professional accountants are core to this. They are in a unique position to drive good business decisions with positive impacts on sustainability, including on climate action, in the organisations they lead and work for. ACCA is proud to support these commitments and play our part.”


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