The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is calling for the role of women to be reinforced in combating climate change this International Women’s Day (8 March).

According to the UN Environment Programme, it’s estimated 80% of people displaced by climate change are women and women are 14 times more likely to die during environmental disasters. Additionally, women make up the majority of the workforce in sectors such as agriculture, which are likely to be affected by extreme weather conditions.

Speaking at ACCA’s International omen’s day event, ACCA head of sustainability Emmeline Skelton said:

“Today, we remember the immeasurable role women play in society. This is why ACCA is calling for women’s voices must be heard in a space where men dominate the climate agenda. This directly relates to two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 13 on climate change.

“The climate agenda is redefining the world of business long-term over the coming decades and it’s important for us to understand the role women can play in this challenge.

“This is also a crucial subject for the accountancy profession. ACCA is a pioneer for change in business reporting, which is a pivotal part of many accountants work. Financial reports must account not just the bottom line, but impact a business is making on society and the planet.”