AccountAbility News This feed contains all AccountAbility news. AccountAbility Presents at the Glowork Career Fair Conference, Riyadh <p>AccountAbility, in partnership with Glowork, has recently embarked upon an exciting research project, to investigate the current practices in women in management and leadership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. AccountAbility was honored to present the preliminary findings of the research at Glowork&rsquo;s 2016 Career Fair Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh &ndash; the number one female career fair and recruitment related conference in the Kingdom. The findings of the Women in Management and Leadership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia research project will be published during the last quarter of 2016.</p> Announcements 31057 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Murray Sayce Appointed Chair of the New AccountAbility Principles Working Group <p>The AA1000 Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Mr. Murray Sayce, Principal, Ramboll-Environ, has been appointed as Chair of the new <a href="">AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP) Working Group</a>. The new AA1000AP Working Group will develop the latest revision to the AccountAbility Principles, which are the guiding principles of the AA1000 series of standards. The AA1000 series are widely applied tools for integrating and embedding sustainability and accountability into the governance and performance of organisations.</p> Announcements 30761 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, interviewed by REIT (Real Estate Investment Trusts) Magazine <p>The July / August 2016 edition of REIT Magazine features an interview with Sunny Misser, CEO of AccountAbility, titled &ldquo;REITs Looking for Sustainability Standardization.&rdquo; The interview addresses AccountAbility&rsquo;s work with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) to develop a better understanding of the array of sustainability-related guidelines, key performance indicators and metrics in use or under consideration for real estate businesses and investment in the U.S. and around the world, as well as highlighting some of the primary sustainability trends affecting the real estate sector.</p> Announcements 30145 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 New AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP) Working Group Announced <p>The AA1000 Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the selected members of the new AA1000AP Working Group, as approved by the AA1000 Standards Board. The revised AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP) will provide an updated principles-based framework for organisations to identify, prioritise and respond to its sustainability challenges. It will incorporate sustainability thinking and align with relevant parts of sustainability frameworks, leading practices, local guidelines / standards related to sustainability and regulatory requirements.</p> Announcements 30143 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Global Webinar on the Stakeholder Engagement Standard <p><span>AccountAbility hosted a webinar on the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES, 2015), as&nbsp;<span>part of a series of activities to promote use of the AA1000 Series of Standards. David Pritchett,&nbsp;<span>the Global Head of Research, explained how the recently updated AA1000SES fits to the broader Series of AccountAbility Standards, and provided insights to AccountAbility's recent global research survey on&nbsp;<span>Stakeholder Engagement practices and trends.</span></span></span></span></p> Announcements 29694 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Open Call for Nominations: AA1000APS Working Group <p><span>The AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board has issued an open invitation to interested stakeholders to serve on the Working Group for the revised AccountAbility Principles Standard (AA1000APS), to be released with the latest AccountAbility Assurance Standard (AA1000AS) in late-2016.&nbsp;</span></p> Announcements 29096 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 “Energy & the Future” – AccountAbility Event for Sustainability Leaders with Mr. Abdallah S. Jum’ah <p>On March 3rd, AccountAbility hosted leading business and sustainability executives from Fortune 100 companies for an informative and productive conversation about &ldquo;Energy &amp; the Future&rdquo;, honoring Advisory Board member Mr. Abdallah S. Jum&rsquo;ah, Former President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, currently Chairman of Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB), and Co-Chairman of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council.</p> Announcements 28669 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, Interviewed by NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts) <p>AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, discusses the future of sustainability in the real estate industry in an interview with NAREIT on January 27<sup>th</sup>, conducted at NAREIT&rsquo;s annual conference of sustainability practitioners at the Ritz Carlton-Coconut Grove in Miami, FL. In his interview, Misser outlines the key sustainability trends in the real estate industry today.&nbsp;</p> Announcements 27139 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Amy Springsteel appointed to AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board <p>AccountAbility is pleased to announce that Ms. Amy Springsteel, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Voya Financial, has been appointed to the AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board. Ms.Springsteel is currently the <span>Assistant Vice President&nbsp;</span>of Corporate Responsibility for Voya Financial, which rebranded from ING U.S. in 2014, a leading provider of retirement, investment management and insurance products and services. AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, stated, &ldquo;Amy is a very valuable addition to our Standards Board &ndash; she brings strong subject matter expertise, a sound understanding of the business world and an impressive network within the US, and globally. We look forward to working with Amy and the rest of the Standards Board.&rdquo;</p> Announcements 27063 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Fortune 100 Event in NYC with Its Advisory Board <p>On January 14th, AccountAbility hosted leading sustainability and business executives from Fortune 100 companies to honor members of its Advisory Board. The event featured insights on the future of sustainability and good governance from Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, and served as a private discussion on relevant topics regarding corporate responsibility, governance, and future progress post COP21 Climate talks. For more details on the event, please contact Tobi Petrocelli at</p> Announcements 26750 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility launches Global Stakeholder Engagement Standard in UK with a presentation to leading corporates <p>UK Power Networks hosted AccountAbility&rsquo;s UK launch of the Global Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES 2015) with a presentation attended by leading companies at the London Southbank University today. Part of the AA1000 Series of Standards, the AA1000SES is a widely used and leading international reference providing comprehensive guidance on how to design, conduct and embed quality stakeholder engagement.</p> Announcements 26322 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 King Khalid Awards Gala Held in Riyadh on December 8th, 2015 <p><span>King Khalid Foundation is a leader and role model in philanthropic and development work in Saudi Arabia and aims to positively impact peoples' lives by providing innovative solutions to critical socio-economic challenges in Saudi Arabia.</span></p> <p><span><span>AccountAbility is a proud partner of the King Khalid Award on Responsible Competitiveness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.</span><br /></span></p> Announcements 26221 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Releases Global Standard in Stakeholder Engagement <p>AccountAbility has released the final version of the <a href="">AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES) 2015</a>.&nbsp; Part of the AA1000 Series of Standards, the AA1000SES (2015) provides practical guidance on how to assess, design, implement and communicate effective stakeholder engagement.</p> <p>The AA1000SES illustrates relevant and robust procedures in the full management cycle of stakeholder engagement with refinement and updates reflecting the views of experts and practitioners. The latest standard is the result of a broad, international, multi-stakeholder process that evolved through the years to establish the benchmark for good-quality engagement. It can be used as a tool to support risk management, protect the license to operate, enhance the brand, and set the stage for improving the overall sustainability performance of the organisation.</p> Announcements 25761 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 New AA1000AS Working Group Announced <p>The AA1000AS Nominations Committee and AA1000 Standards Board are pleased to announce the members of the newly constituted AA1000AS Working Group. &nbsp;This collective body of global experts from industry, governmental, and non-governmental organisations from around the world is charged with all aspects of development and promulgation of the next release of the AA1000 Assurance Standard.</p> Announcements 25453 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Advisory Board Member Abdallah S. Jum'ah appointed to Saudi Arabian Airlines Board <p style="text-align: left;">AccountAbility is pleased to announce that our Advisory Board Member, Mr. Abdallah S. Jum&rsquo;ah, has been appointed to the Board of Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) by the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Jum&rsquo;ah is currently the Chairman of The Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) and Co-Chairman of the U.S. &ndash;Saudi Arabian Business Council. From 1995 until December 31, 2008 Mr. Jum&rsquo;ah served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), the world&rsquo;s largest oil producing company. While CEO of Saudi Aramco Mr. Jum&rsquo;ah served on Saudi Aramco&rsquo;s Board of Directors and on the Saudi Arabian Supreme Council of Petroleum and Mineral Affairs.</p> Announcements 24753 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Extending Open Call for Nominations: AA1000AS Working Group <p><strong>LONDON, 29<sup>th</sup> July, 2015</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;Nominations Committee&nbsp;has extended the open invitation period to serve on&nbsp;the Working Group for the new version of the AA1000AS till 12<sup>th</sup> August 2015. While appreciative of the applications received through the Open call till 10<sup>th</sup> of July 2015, the Nominations Committee has determined that a wider participant base should represent the range of stakeholders of the AA1000. Once an appropriate pool of candidates is collected, the Nomination Committees will proceed with the recommendations for selection.</p> Announcements 23891 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Open Call for Nominations: AA1000AS Working Group <p><span>The&nbsp;Nominations Committee&nbsp;has issued an open invitation to all interested&nbsp;stakeholders to serve on&nbsp;the Working Group for the new version of the AA1000AS, to be released in 2015. The Working Group will operate under the mandate laid out in its&rsquo;&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="">Terms of Reference</a>&nbsp;</strong><span>and will commence its duties in late July 2015. Group membership is comprised of a diverse group of selected volunteers, representing a range of stakeholders contributing their expertise in sustainability, assurance and other relevant standards. The Working Group is supported by AccountAbility, the secretariat and steward of the AA1000 Series.</span></p> Announcements 23387 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Final Public comment period open: AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard <p>The&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>Final Revision Working Group</strong>&nbsp;</a>of the <strong><a href="">AA1000SES</a></strong> invites feedback from all interested stakeholders on the latest version of the standard prior to finalisation. The Final Exposure Draft was published in 2011 and in 2014/15 underwent a critical expert review. Most users and experts &ndash; consulted in a 5-day online Think Tank on &ndash; agreed that the existing document had already achieved a mature stage and was still valid to provide valuable guidance to its users. The majority of feedback provided includes enhancement, refinement and updates to reflect the current reporting environment and future developmental plans.</p> Announcements 22953 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility’s Global Head of Research moderates a workshop on Materiality with CSR Europe’s MIA Program <p><span>CSR Europe invited David Pritchett, AccountAbility&rsquo;s Head of Research to moderate a workshop on &ldquo;Sustainability Materiality&rdquo; with its member companies as part of its Valuing and Improving Sustainability Management Series. The series organised by CSR Europe aims to address the needs and gaps companies face when integrating financial and non-financial performance management and reporting.</span></p> <p><span><span>During the workshop, Mr Pritchett provided practical recommendations on how to develop and implement an effective materiality determination process, sharing his broad experiences on some of the common hurdles companies come across in their materiality efforts.</span><br /></span></p> Announcements 20665 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 King Khalid Awards Gala to Be Held in Riyadh on December 30th, 2014 <p>King Khalid Foundation is a leader and role model in philanthropic and development work in Saudi Arabia and aims to positively impact peoples' lives by providing innovative solutions to critical socio-economic challenges in Saudi Arabia.&nbsp; To date, the foundation has accomplished a number of development and research projects and has awarded millions of Saudi Riyals in grants.</p> <p>AccountAbility is a proud partner of the King Khalid Award branch that focuses on the Responsible Competitiveness, which promotes a culture of strategic philanthropy and social responsibility among Saudi companies. &nbsp;</p> Announcements 20155 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Robert Herz Appointed to SASB's Board of Directors <div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="">Sustainability Accounting Standards Board</a>&trade; (SASB)&trade; announced on October 21 that the organization has elected AccountAbility Council Member Robert Herz to SASB's Board of Directors. Herz&mdash;whose three-year term begins on January 1, 2015&mdash;will play an instrumental role in determining the structure and process for the finalization of SASB standards.</p> </div> Announcements 19321 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 CEO of AccountAbility shares his perspective in Delivering Tomorrow publication <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong></strong>The current edition of Deutsche Post DHL&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a style="text-decoration: none;" href="">Delivering Tomorrow</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>publication series features an article by Sunny Misser, CEO of AccountAbility, titled<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong>&ldquo;Stakeholder Engagement: Creating Value and Delivering Performance.&rdquo;</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>The publication addresses the idea of how stronger relationships with stakeholders not only secure the business' &ldquo;license to operate,&rdquo; but also contribute to its sustained innovative strength &ndash; creating financial and societal value.</span></p> Announcements 19323 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Honored by Game Changers 500 <p><strong>New York</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;AccountAbility was recently honored by <em><a class=" target-blank" href="" target="_blank">Game Changers 500</a></em> for using business as a force for good. Game Changers 500 placed AccountAbility on its dynamic list that profiles the world&rsquo;s top purpose-driven organizations, grouping the firm with companies such as Zappos, Google, Kiva, Patagonia, Whole Foods, Novo Nordisk and IDEO.</p> Announcements 15897 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Sir Mark Moody-Stuart publishes new book: Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics <p>Sir Mark Moody-Stuart recently released his latest book, <a style="text-decoration: none;" href="">Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics</a>. (Greenleaf Publishing)</p> <p>Sir Mark Moody-Stuart was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1998 to 2001 and of Anglo American plc from 2002 to 2009. He is Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services, and is a member of the AccountAbility Advisory Council.</p> Announcements 15588 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Receives IoD's 2013 Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability <p><strong>London, UK, October 11, 2013 - </strong>AccountAbility has been awarded the prestigious international Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability in 2013, by the Institute of Directors (IoD), India.</p> Announcements 13210 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility releases a report on materiality: “Redefining Materiality II: Why It Matters, Who’s Involved and What it Means for Corporate Leaders and Boards” <p>AccountAbility has released a comprehensive report examining the growing importance of non-financial factors on corporate performance, disclosure, and valuation.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><em>Redefining Materiality II</em><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>was developed in response to accelerating acceptance that non-financial materiality is an influential factor in corporate valuation.</p> Announcements 12204 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility & UNGC Webinar: Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation <p>This coming<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong>Wednesday, July 17th</strong>, and<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong>Wednesday July 24th</strong>, AccountAbility and the<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="">UN Global Compact</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>will co-host two webinars that draw upon findings from the recent report by the UN Global Compact and AccountAbility</p> Announcements 11812 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Advisory Council member Bob Herz launches latest book <p>Bob Herz has recently released his latest book, Accounting Changes: Chronicles of Convergence, Crisis, and Complexity in Financial Reporting.</p> Announcements 11688 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility-UN Global Compact Study Demonstrates Value of Voluntary Corporate Sustainability Commitments <p>Today, AccountAbility released the findings of a research initiative conducted in partnership with the UN Global Compact. The report provides an actionable framework for helping companies get the most out of their voluntary commitments to sustainability.</p> Announcements 11193 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400 GRI Publishes Report on External Assurance & Sustainability Reporting <p>The Global Reporting Initiative has published a report on the External Assurance of Sustainability Reporting. The publication aims to help sustainability reporters and report readers understand the external assurance of sustainability reporting. In doing so, GRI hopes to clarify and further improve the use of external assurance.</p> Announcements 11074 Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 GRI Launches new G4 Reporting Guidelines <p>Business leaders call on companies and organizations around the world to embrace the next generation of the Global Reporting Initiative's Sustainability Reporting Guidelines - G4.</p> Announcements 11076 Wed, 22 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Strategies completes the transfer of the AA1000 Standards Intellectual Property & Assets to AccountAbility AA1000 CIC <p>The Directors of Accountability AA1000 CIC are pleased to announce that the transfer of the AA1000 Standards assets and intellectual property from AccountAbility to the newly established AA1000 CIC has been completed and legalised.</p> Announcements 10878 Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility CEO Delivers Keynote Speech at IOD Conference in Dubai <p>AccountAbility CEO Sunil A. Misser delivered a keynote speech at the Institute of Directors (IOD) Dubai Global Convention on Business Excellence. The conference was held May 1-2 at the Burj Al Arab and was attended by more than 200 senior business leaders.</p> Announcements 10801 Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) Publishes the Consultation Draft of the International <IR> Framework <p>The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) has published the Consultation Draft of the International &lt;IR&gt; Framework and is inviting interested stakeholders to help shape the future.</p> Announcements 10380 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Abdallah S. Jum’ah Appointed Chairman of the Board of Saudi Investment Bank <p><strong>Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 13, 2013</strong> &ndash; AccountAbility Advisory Council member Abdallah S. Jum&rsquo;ah has been appointed Chariman of the Board of Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB).</p> Announcements 9484 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Releases Preliminary Findings of Groundbreaking Sustainability Study at the World Economic Forum in Davos <p><strong>New York, NY</strong>&nbsp; &ndash; Today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, AccountAbility released the preliminary findings of a research initiative, conducted in partnership with the UN Global Compact (UNGC), that will serve as a highly actionable how-to guide to help companies derive maximum value from their sustainability commitments.</p> Announcements 8957 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility’s Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller Featured in the Latest Edition of MyRoche – Roche Group’s Premier Internal Publication <p><strong>Basel</strong><strong>, Switzerland</strong> &ndash; AccountAbility&rsquo;s Global Head of Clients and Industries Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller spoke with Roche Group about what defines compliance and responsible behavior in today&rsquo;s business market. &ldquo;If you believe compliance is expensive,&rdquo; says Dr. Scheiwiller, &ldquo;then trying doing without it.&rdquo; In this interview focusing on the modern interpretation of business ethics and compliance and its connection to sustainability and long-term success, Dr. Scheiwiller brings the subject to life in a tangible and lively way, offering insights on key factors for implementation and the far-reaching consequences for taking shortcuts.</p> Announcements 8771 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New AA1000 Standards Board Announced <p><strong>London, UK&nbsp; </strong>&ndash; The AA1000 Standards Board Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the new members of the AA1000 Standards Board. Since 1999, the AA1000 series of Standards are widely used tools for integrating and embedding sustainability and accountability into the governance and performance of institutions. They address issues affecting governance, business models, and organizational strategy, providing operational guidance to corporate leaders. The Standards Board approves standards strategy and oversees the ongoing development of the Standards used by institutions worldwide. The composition of the Board is designed to provide broad representation from the public and private sectors, civil society, and the standards community.<a href=""> </a><br /><br /></p> Announcements 8427 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility CEO Sunny Misser, the CEO Trust, Tourneau, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Ring in the Holiday Season with a Message about Responsible Luxury <p><strong>New York, NY</strong> &ndash; The glamour, wonder, and festivity of the holiday season in New York City is unparalleled, and the CEO Trust Celebration on December 4 was no exception. CEO Trustees and their guests enjoyed an evening of fine timepieces, cocktails, and merriment at the Tourneau concept store on Madison Avenue, hosted by Tourneau and Jaeger LeCoultre. Sunny Misser, CEO of AccountAbility and longtime member of the CEO Trust, chaired the gathering of friends and colleagues under Tourneau&rsquo;s display of the world&rsquo;s largest mistletoe ball.</p> Announcements 8694 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility's Alejandro Roche Appears on CNN Partner Network to Discuss the Outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election <p><strong>New York, NY</strong>&nbsp; - AccountAbilty Research Assistant Alejandro Roche appeared live this morning from the CNN studios in New York on the the show, 8 al dia, with host Josep Cun&iacute; to speak about the results of the 2012 presidential election. 8 al dia, a popular news program reaching over one hundred thousand viewers, airs in Catalonia, Spain.</p> Announcements 7969 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Hosts Advisory Council Reception: Hisham Akbar, COO and Deputy CEO of Zain, delivers keynote speech <p><strong>New York, NY</strong> &ndash; Mr. Hisham Akbar, COO and Deputy CEO of Kuwait-based Zain Group, delivered the keynote speech at the reception honoring the AccountAbility Advisory Council at the Beekman Tower Hotel on October 25. The AccountAbility global leadership team welcomed council members, clients, business leaders, and friends of the firm at the reception to celebrate the annual meeting of the AccountAbility Advisory Council.</p> Announcements 8692 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Director of Standards, Carol Adams, to Speak at Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference <p>Following the success of the inaugural Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference, the 2nd annual event will address the growing complexity facing companies as they seek to improve the quality of their sustainability reports.</p> Announcements 7576 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Dr. Carol Adams Named Global Director of Standards for AA1000 Standards Series <p>AccountAbility is pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Adams, an expert in sustainability reporting and change management, will assume the role as Director of the Secretariat for the AA1000 Standards Series, effective October.</p> Announcements 7248 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Open Call for Nominations: AA1000 Standards Board <p>The<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: none;">Nomination Committee</span><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>has issued an open invitation to all interested stakeholders to serve on&nbsp;the Standards Board&nbsp;for the AA1000 Series of Standards. The new Board will operate under the mandate laid out in its&rsquo; Terms of Reference and will commence its duties in September 2012.</p> Announcements 6724 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Announces the Nominating Committee for Selection of the AA1000 Standards Board <p>Over the past year, AccountAbility has been paving the way for the formation of the AA1000 Standards Board to further enhance the independent stewardship of the AA1000 Standards on behalf of the global multi-stakeholder community. Today, AccountAbility is pleased to announce the formation of the Nominating Committee that will lead the selection of the new Standards Board.</p> Announcements 6694 Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AA Advisory Council Member Mr. Robert Herz Appointed to the Accounting Hall of Fame <p>AccountAbility Advisory Council Member <a href="">Mr. Robert H. Herz</a> has been selected for induction into the <a href="">Accounting Hall of Fame</a>. The induction will take place in Washington, D.C., in August at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association.</p> Announcements 6563 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AA Advisory Council Member Mr. Robert Herz Appointed to Morgan Stanley Board <p><strong>NEW YORK</strong>&ndash;<strong> </strong>AccountAbility Advisory Council Member&nbsp; <a href="">Mr. Robert H. Herz<strong> </strong></a>has been appointed to Morgan Stanley&rsquo;s Board of Directors. Effective July 2, Mr. Herz will serve on the board&rsquo;s Audit Committee.</p> Announcements 6069 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AA1000 Governance: Exposure Draft of the Standards Board Nomination Process and Terms of Reference <p>Dear Stakeholders of the AA1000 Series,</p> <p>Throughout the past year an Interim Standards Board (ISB) was appointed to guide and govern the AA1000 Standards. Their work has been undertaken in partnership with AccountAbility and has focused in developing robust governance, professionalization and promotion, and the technical advancement of the series.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Community Interest Company (CIC) that now houses the AA1000 Standards is dedicated in its Memorandum of Association to; &ldquo;Promote and develop internationally the AA1000 Standards and to foster and maintain the best means and methodology of developing and applying such standards.&rdquo; It shall &ldquo;encourage, increase, disseminate and promote knowledge, education and training and the exchange of information and ideas in respect of questions relating to the AA1000 Series of Standards.&rdquo; To this end the AccountAbility Standards Secretariat was established and funded to execute the strategy as developed with the Standards Board.</p> <p>Upon its assembly, the new Standards Board shall be fully informed of stakeholder feedback on the &nbsp;<a href=";msgid=0&amp;act=11111&amp;c=760241&amp;">governance structure</a> received to date, and shall acknowledge this and the work already done by the ISB in developing &nbsp;the Standards agenda moving forward. The Standards Board will leverage this feedback as it continues to explore opportunities to further enhance the governance of the Standards in partnership with the CIC Directors.&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to the time and dedication of many individual stakeholders considerable progress has been made, and for this the AccountAbility Management is truly grateful. Specific mention should be given to the members of the ISB; &nbsp;Anant Nadkarni, Carol Adams, Jason Perks, John Scade, and Terence Jeyaretnam who worked tirelessly to build a strong representative foundation for the Standards.</p> <p>At this closing point of the ISB the AccountAbility Management Team presents the <strong><a href=""><strong>Terms of Reference</strong></a></strong> and<strong> </strong><strong><a href=""><strong>process for election</strong></a></strong> of the new Standards Board for public exposure. Any comments and suggestions as always would be greatly appreciated via <a href=""></a> by the 11th of July 2012.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you again to the stakeholders for their dedication and support, the AccountAbility Management Team looks forward to jointly building a successful future of the AA1000 Standards.</p> <p>Regards,</p> <p>The AccountAbility Management Team</p> Announcements 5971 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller joins AccountAbility as Director and Global Head of Clients and Industries <p><strong>NEW YORK, June 6, 2012 </strong>&ndash;&nbsp; <a href="">Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller</a>, a leading expert in sustainability and corporate responsibility, joined AccountAbility on June 1 as Director and Global Head of Clients and Industries, AccountAbility CEO Sunny Misser announced.&nbsp; Dr. Scheiwiller will be expanding the organization&rsquo;s advisory services portfolio and lending his expertise in sustainability, compliance, governance, risk management, and integrated reporting to the Fortune 500, multilateral organizations and leading NGOs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thomas is a key addition to our impressive senior leadership team,&rdquo; Misser said. &ldquo;In addition to contributing his thought leadership to our research and standards agendas, he will bring to clients his practical expertise on how to solve complex business and sustainability challenges.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr. Scheiwiller has more than 10 years of experience as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held a variety of roles, including Global Managing Partner of Sustainability Advisory Services worldwide.&nbsp; He focused on integrated reporting, governance, risk, compliance and integrity services primarily for clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and financial services sectors.&nbsp; For five of those years, Dr. Scheiwiller also served as PwC&rsquo;s global lead Partner for Nestl&eacute;.</p> <p>Dr. Scheiwiller&rsquo;s leadership in sustainability extends beyond his advisory work. He is a chairman and member of several accounting and sustainability reporting organizations. He currently serves as a board member of Swiss-based Sosense, which supports social entrepreneurs, as well as Sanu, which is the Swiss foundation for environmental education.&nbsp; Dr. Scheiwiller is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Business &amp; Biodiversity platform and has previously been a board member of the Sustainability Forum Zurich. He was a co-founder of the Swiss Award for Best Sustainability Report.</p> <p>After earning a diploma and a PhD in physics from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Dr. Scheiwiller started his career as an environmental consultant.&nbsp; He speaks four languages.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a natural next step for me to join an organization whose mission is mainstreaming sustainability in the corporate world,&rdquo; Dr. Scheiwiller said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to working with AccountAbility&rsquo;s impressive roster of clients and lending my experience to the standards and research practices.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About AccountAbility</strong></p> <p>Since 1995, AccountAbility has been working with corporations, non-profits and governments to embed responsible and sustainable policies and practices into their organizations through leading-edge research, widely-recognized standards and strategic advisory services.&nbsp; It maintains a global presence with offices in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.</p> <p><a name="tag"></a></p> Announcements 5596 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Governance of the AA1000 Standards <p>Dear Colleagues,</p> <p>First and foremost we want to thank you for your ongoing interest and support of the AA1000 Standards. The purpose of this note is to bring you up to date on several recent governance developments that have been guided by the leadership of the Interim Standards Board (ISB) formed nearly 12 months ago. With the full support of the AccountAbility Management Team (AMT), the ISB has worked independently to advance the standards, building a strong foundation around three core elements (Governance, Technical Development, and Professionalisation &amp; Promotion).</p> <p>What follows <a href=";msgid=0&amp;act=11111&amp;c=760241&amp;">is a document on the governance of the AA1000 </a>Standards. We very much welcome your comments and suggestions on these and other areas aspects of AA1000 to provide the stakeholder counsel that lies at the core of the standards themselves. This will further inform the ISB as well as the forthcoming Standards Board as they invest and build out the AA1000 Standards going forward.</p> <p>It is now that the ISB is keen to pave the way for the permanent Standards Board and invest in building out the leadership of the AA1000 series. The AMT have committed to establishing a Standards Board via an independent nominations process and will do so building on the work of the ISB from the past year.</p> <p>Additional communication on the formation of the Standards Board will be provided to stakeholders in the near future, along with progress on other Standards related issues including the Technical Development and Professionalization and Promotion Working Groups.</p> <p>In the spirit of building on the practice of good stakeholder engagement, communication will be actively led by both the Standards team at AccountAbility and the Interim Standards Board. We would request that feedback on this or any area of the working groups be provided any ISB member or via <a href=""></a></p> <p>Respectfully,</p> <p>The Interim Standards Board</p> Announcements 5521 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Interim Standards Board Update: Chairman's Letter <p>Dear Stakeholders of the AA1000 Series,</p> <p>Over the past year I have had the privilege of serving as the Chairman of the Interim Standards&nbsp;Board (ISB) and want to use this opportunity to update you on the progress made and future&nbsp;direction of the AA1000 Standards.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you may be aware, in June last year the ISB was established as a medium to provide independent&nbsp;governance for the AA1000 Standards. The Board assumed a year-long mandate with a view&nbsp;towards:</p> <p>- Signing off the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard;<br />- Establishing working groups to advance the technical, operational, educational and&nbsp;governance aspects of the Standards and;<br />- Further advancing the longer term leadership and impact of the Standards globally.</p> <ul> </ul> <ul> </ul> <p>As the ISB draws toward the end of its term at the end of June 2012, I would like to thank and&nbsp;acknowledge the hard work of the members of the Interim Standards Board. Over the past year&nbsp;Carol Adams, Ted Grant, Jason Perks, John Scade, Terence Jeyaretnam and AccountAbility&rsquo;s Director&nbsp;of Standards Kurt Ramin have contributed an outstanding amount of time and energy in building a&nbsp;robust foundation for the AA1000 Standards, with further support from Francesca Sharp and Claire&nbsp;Head at AccountAbility.</p> <p>During the ISB&rsquo;s term, the focus has been on three tracks of work, with working groups formed to&nbsp;tackle these areas. What follows is a brief progress update on each of the working groups covered by&nbsp;the ISB with links for additional information.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Working Groups:</span></strong></p> <p>After stakeholder consultation, three working group areas were identified as core to the Standards&rsquo;&nbsp;agenda. Governance was given priority by stakeholders and thus the ISB dedicated significant&nbsp;attention to this during the course of its mandate;</p> <p><strong>Governance, Funding &amp; Ownership </strong>&ndash; The Governance Working Group sought to establish an&nbsp;independent governance model for the AA1000. This was done by building on the newly established&nbsp;separate legal entity, housed by the Steward - AccountAbility. For further information on AA1000 Standards' governance&nbsp;please visit the <a href=";msgid=0&amp;act=11111&amp;c=760241&amp;">AA1000 Governance site</a>.</p> <p><strong>Technical Development</strong> &ndash; The Technical Working Group continues to focus on building out the&nbsp;technical capacity of the Standards, whilst identifying marketplace developments and new&nbsp;challenges for the Standards to address. The AA1000SES was signed off by the Interim Standards&nbsp;Board. Complementary support materials are being discussed with a view to rolling out project work&nbsp;imminently.</p> <p><strong>Professionalisation &amp; Promotion </strong>&ndash; The Professionalisation and Promotion Working Group continues&nbsp;to build out the support framework for the Standards from an education, certification and licensing&nbsp;perspective. The Certification as a Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) programme is in the&nbsp;process of being revised and expanded with a view to qualifying more expert practitioners in AA1000&nbsp;across the globe.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Moving Forward:</span></strong></p> <p>Work is now underway to prepare for the new governing body, with a nominations process for the new Standards Board under development. This will be communicated to stakeholders in the coming weeks. We hope you will take the opportunity to review the information emerging from the working groups and provide us with your ideas for further advancing the Standards including areas where new research would benefit the stakeholder community. In this context our former ISB colleague Ted Grant recently joined AccountAbility as Director and Global Head of Research and Development and in his new role is keen to develop leading stakeholder research around aspects of AA1000. To find out more get in touch with Ted at <a href=""></a></p> <p>In the spirit of building on the practice of good stakeholder engagement, communication will be actively led by both the Standards team at AccountAbility and the Interim Standards Board. We would request that feedback on any area of the working groups be provided any ISB member or via <a href=""></a></p> <p>It has been a great pleasure to work with my colleagues on the ISB and other stakeholders over the last year in progressing the Standards&rsquo; agenda. I look forward to the establishment of the new Standards Board and wish them well in furthering the leadership and prominence of the AA1000 Series.</p> <p>Regards,</p> <p>Anant Nadkarni</p> Announcements 5520 Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Names New Head of Global Research and Development <p><strong>New York (March 23, 2012) </strong>&ndash; <a href="">Ted Grant</a>, a respected leader in the business and not-for-profit sectors joins AccountAbility as Director of Global Research and Development, AccountAbility CEO Sunny Misser announced today.&nbsp; In his new role, Ted will be responsible for growing the portfolio of research products and services, while working closely with Advisory Services and Standards to provide tailored research and intelligence that further enhance those offerings.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are delighted to have Ted join AccountAbility to enhance the insight and solutions we provide to clients and stakeholders around the world, " Misser said. "His deep understanding of global issues and emerging trends are well suited to leading the firm&rsquo;s Research and Development agenda at a time of significant change in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>With more than 25 years of experience in business and philanthropy, Ted&rsquo;s has become a trusted advisor to CEOs and senior executives. Prior to joining AccountAbility, Ted was Special Assistant to the President of the Rockefeller Foundation. His responsibilities included strategic advisory and planning activities, executive communications, governance matters, relationship management and strategic partner development.</p> <p>Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation in 2009, Ted spent 25 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he held a variety of positions which included over a decade working with CEOs and members of the senior executive team on a broad range of strategic, governance and operational matters during a period of transformational change in the industry. In the sustainability field, Ted has served as a member of the Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 Standards, a position he has relinquished as part of his transition to AccountAbility.</p> <p>&ldquo;AccountAbility has a long history of thought leadership and innovative solutions in the areas of governance, sustainability and corporate social responsibility," Grant said. "This is a unique opportunity for me to help further enhance the firm&rsquo;s leadership as these issues take on even greater importance around the world."</p> Announcements 4466 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Mr. John A. Fraser speaks at the Melbourne Financial Services Symposium <p><strong>Melbourne, Australia </strong>- AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Mr. John A. Fraser spoke at the Melbourne Financial Services Symposium. Mr. Fraser was appointed Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management in December 2001 and became a member of the UBS Group Executive Board in July 2002. Since 2008, he has been the Chairman of UBS Saudi Arabia. <a href="">Read the text of his full speech here</a>.</p> Announcements 7170 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Free Webinar 21st March Featuring Advisory Council Member Bob Herz <p>AccountAbility Advisory Council Member <a href="">Bob Herz</a> is to feature in an interactive WebFilings webinar alongside other business leaders including;</p> <ul> <li>Terry Iannaconi, Partner in Charge, Knowledge Sharing Department of Professional Practice, KPMG,</li> <li>Nick Cappiello, Project Manager, Disclosure Framework, FASB, and</li> <li>Bill Sinnett, Director of Research, Financial Executives Research Foundation </li> </ul> <p>The panel will be discussing Financial Disclosure Overload and Complexity:&nbsp; When Will It Get Easier? The webinar will take place on Wednesday the 21<sup>st</sup> March at 2PM ET. Click here to <a href="">complete your registration</a>.</p> Announcements 4150 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Advisory Council Chairman Hans Decker’s response to CSR opinion piece published on FT forum <p>A<a href=" Times - Describing CSR has five components - Dr Hans Decker.p.pdf"> letter</a> from the Chairman of AccountAbility&rsquo;s top governance body, the Advisory Council, responding to a recent Financial Times column on CSR, has been posted on the FT&rsquo;s online forum. In the letter, Dr. Decker agrees with columnist Gillian Tett&rsquo;s view that corporate social responsibility is not an &ldquo;either/or&rdquo; proposition.&nbsp; Dr Decker, the former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA), and currently Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, identifies five components that are common to all discussions of CSR.<br />&nbsp;<span class="wysiwyg-asset-spacer"> <br /></span></p> Announcements 3837 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility’s Advisory Services Director Featured in US Chamber of Commerce Webcast <p><a href="">Steve Rochlin</a>, Global Head of Advisory Services for AccountAbility, was a featured speaker on a recent webcast, <em>How a Community's Configuration Affects Its Economy &amp; CSR</em>, conducted by the <a href="">US Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC)</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Rochlin joined host Steve Jordan, Executive Director of the BCLC and panelist Aman Singh, Editorial Director of CSR Wire to discuss how a community's configuration affects its economy, and how individual corporate citizenship programs fit into this larger picture</p> Announcements 3926 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Gilbert Rustom Named Regional Head for Middle East, Africa and Asia <p><a href="">Gilbert Rustom</a> has been appointed by AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization, to serve as Regional Head for the Middle East, Africa and Asia.&nbsp; In his new role, Mr. Rustom will be responsible for client management and business development within the regions. <br /><br />Mr. Rustom brings an entrepreneurial spirit and client focus to AccountAbility along with significant CR consulting experience.&nbsp; As an independent contractor he partnered with AccountAbility to establish the first CSR Index in Saudi Arabia.&nbsp; As part of that initiative, he worked with nearly 250 major companies in the Kingdom assessing their CR efforts. <br /><br />Prior to joining AccountAbility, Mr. Rustom was the founder and managing partner of BlindSpot Communication, a brand and marketing consultancy based in Saudi Arabia.&nbsp; While there he developed two noteworthy CR programs.&nbsp; One for DAC, the global detergent manufacturer, involved an educational outreach effort aimed at young people in the Kingdom to improve hygiene levels as a means to improve health and well-being.&nbsp; The second, a related project with Carrefour, the renowned retailer, focused on raising environmental awareness among school children.<br /><br />Previously, he served as Managing Director of Ogilvy &amp; Mather in Riyadh where he substantially increased O&amp;M&rsquo;s revenue and organizational footprint in just two years.&nbsp; Earlier in his career, he worked in television production and in broadcasting, as an on-camera sportscaster on Lebanese TV. &nbsp;<br /><br />Mr. Rustom graduated from Notre Dame University in Lebanon with a BA in Marketing and Communication.&nbsp; He received an executive MBA from the American University in Beirut.</p> Announcements 3228 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility’s O’Malley Makes Oxford History <p><a href="">Charles O&rsquo;Malley</a>, AccountAbility&rsquo;s Regional Head of Europe, along with his five siblings now hold the record for most members of one family in a single generation to graduate from Oxford.&nbsp; The O&rsquo;Malley clan became part of <a href="">Oxford history</a> when they formally collected their degrees in a ceremony earlier this month.</p> Announcements 2804 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Advisory Council Member Mthunzi Mdwaba Delivers Closing Speech at ILO Regional Conference <p>Advisory Council member <a href="">Mthunzi Mdwaba</a> recently delivered the closing speech at the 12th Annual Regional Conference of the ILO in Johannesburg held on the 14th of October.</p> <p>The full speech is available to <a href="">download here</a>.</p> Announcements 2497 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Names New Advisory Council <p><strong>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;s Who&rdquo; of Global Leaders Join Governance Body of AccountAbility &ndash; Leading International Sustainability Organization; &nbsp;Commit to Goal of &nbsp;&ldquo;Mainstreaming&rdquo; Corporate Responsibility</strong></p> <p><strong>London and New York, October 11, 2011 --&nbsp;</strong>A veritable &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s Who&rdquo; of CEOs, policymakers, and thought leaders from the public and private sectors, and civil society have joined the top governance body for AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization.</p> <p>The newly-appointed Advisory Council will provide strategic guidance and facilitate AccountAbility&rsquo;s mission of advancing corporate responsibility and sustainability by increasing the impact of its standards, shaping a leading research agenda, and delivering transformative service solutions.</p> <p>Mr. Hans W. Decker, former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA), and currently Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University&nbsp;will serve as Chairman of AccountAbility&rsquo;s Advisory Council. "It is an honor to work with a Council whose members have done so much to advance corporate responsibility in their organizations, &ldquo;said Mr. Decker. &ldquo;I know from personal experience that Corporate Responsibility is a critical imperative for successful, forward looking and profitable organizations. AccountAbility is the right organization at the right time to drive sustainability to the top of a global leadership agenda."&nbsp;</p> <p>The Members of the Advisory Council include: &nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Mr. Hans W. Decker&nbsp;</strong></a>&ndash;&nbsp;former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA);&nbsp;Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Board of the Graduate Faculty of the New School University, NYC (Emeritus); President of Heidelberg University Association<br /><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Ms. Carol &nbsp;Atwood</strong>&nbsp;</a>&ndash; Entrepreneur; Chair of King Arthur Flour; Board Member &ndash; Community Investment Partners (CIP), Calvert Foundation, New Paradigm Fund&nbsp;<br /><span style="color: #333333;"><strong><a href=""></a></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333333;"><strong><a href="">Mr. John A. Fraser</a>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;</strong>Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management; Member of UBS Group Executive Board; former Deputy Secretary (Economic) of the Australian Treasury</span><br /><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Mr. Robert H. Herz</strong></a>&nbsp;&ndash; former Chairman of the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB); Board Member of Fannie Mae; Trustee of the Kessler Foundation; Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School<br /><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Mr. Abdallah S. Jum&rsquo;ah</strong>&nbsp;</a>&ndash; former President and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco); Board Member &ndash; Halliburton Company, American University (Cairo), Reliance International, Saudi Investment Bank<br /><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Mr. Mthunzi Mdwaba</strong></a>&nbsp;&ndash; Entrepreneur; Member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland); Board Member of the International Organization of Employers (Geneva, Switzerland); former CEO of Torque Holdings; Vice-President of Business Unity South Africa(BUSA)<br /><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Sir Mark Moody-Stuart</strong></a>&nbsp;&ndash; Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services; former Chairman of Anglo-American plc; former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group; Board Member &ndash; Accenture, Saudi Aramco; former Board Member, HSBC<br /><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Mr. Subramaniam Ramadorai&nbsp;</strong></a>&ndash; Chairman of Tata Technologies Limited; Chairman of CMC Limited; Chairman of Tata Elxsi; Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services; Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange&nbsp;</p> <ul> </ul> <ul> </ul> <p>Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, noted: &ldquo;I am pleased to be associated with an organization that has continued to be at the forefront helping businesses ensure that their operations run responsibly. AccountAbility's focus on driving sustainability into the mainstream of companies operations is both timely and relevant.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sunny Misser, Chief Executive Officer of AccountAbility, commented: &nbsp;&ldquo;We are delighted to have such a distinguished group of individuals from around the world demonstrate not only their commitment to sustainability but also their support for AccountAbility's vision and direction."</p> <p>Misser became CEO of AccountAbility in June 2010 vowing to reinvent AccountAbility as the pre-eminent global CR research, standards and professional services firm. &nbsp;&ldquo;To achieve that goal,&rdquo; Misser emphasized, &ldquo;we need both vision and experience. &nbsp;Vision to help us build a new AccountAbility based on our legacy of innovation in research and experience in delivering practical, high value solutions that transform organizations," he added. "This combination of &lsquo;<em>mind and muscle</em>&rsquo; is critical in shaping the sustainability agenda of the future while mainstreaming sustainability into business thinking and practice."&nbsp;</p> <p>The Advisory Council, together with the&nbsp;<a href="">Interim Standards Board</a>&nbsp;which provides oversight and guidance for the AA1000 Series of Standards, comprise the independent governance structure for AccountAbility.&nbsp;Council members will serve for an initial term of two years, and depending on the need to maintain balance and continuity, may serve an additional two-year term. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About AccountAbility</span></p> <p>AccountAbility is a leading global organization providing innovative solutions to the most critical challenges in corporate responsibility and sustainable development. Since 1995 AccountAbility has been helping corporations, non-profits and governments embed ethical, environmental, social, and governance accountability into their organizational DNA. AccountAbility's unique value proposition brings together leading-edge research, the widely-recognized AA1000 Series of Standards and strategic advisory services to deliver practical solutions for its clients.</p> <p>With offices in London, New York, Washington, D.C., Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Dubai and Zurich, AccountAbility specializes in industry sectors such as Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Energy and Extractives, Telecommunications, Consumer Goods, and Food and Beverages.&nbsp;</p> <p>Media contact: Karl Pfalzgraf +1 646 495 1623 <a href=""></a></p> Announcements 2310 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Discussion Paper on AA1000SES Wiki Process Published <p>Professor Oren Perez of Bar Ilan University, Israel recently published a discussion paper into the Wiki Process used to manage the revision of the AA1000SES. The paper entitled &ldquo;Innovation and Disillusionment in E-Democracy Projects: AccountAbility's Second Wiki-Based Consultation Process&rdquo; is available to <a href="">download here</a>.</p> Announcements 2195 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Moderates the IFC Sustainability Exchange <p>AccountAbility and the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, presented a three-day conference on &ldquo;Community Investment Tools to Drive Business Performance&rdquo; at the IFC Sustainability Exchange on June 28-30.&nbsp; The conference assembled over 150 private sector and civil society professionals &ndash; most from leading oil, gas, and mining companies &ndash; to discuss ways companies can maximize the positive impact they have through sustainability investments in developing countries.<br /><br />Steve Rochlin, AccountAbility&rsquo;s Global Head of Advisory Services, moderated the conference.&nbsp; Participants discussed and shared leading practices in the areas of royalty management, local procurement, and measuring returns on sustainability investments.&nbsp; As part of the presentation on measuring returns from sustainability efforts, the IFC unveiled the Financial Valuation Tool for Sustainability Investments at the conference, which can be explored <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; The tool can be used to assist non-finance functions in improving assessments of community investment impacts on financial performance.&nbsp; The tool allows companies to be as rigorous about valuing sustainability as they are about valuing other elements of financial performance and risk management.<br /><br />Additional information about the conference can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>(Photo L-R: Steve Rochlin, AccountAbility &amp; Julio Rojas, PERU LNG)</p> Announcements 1618 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Partners on Pharmaceuticals White Paper <p>AccountAbility Directors Sunny Misser and Steve Rochlin have partnered with MedTera to outline a 4-step roadmap to combat drivers of poor healthcare outcomes, while driving revenue and corporate social responsibility. The paper &ldquo;Taking Strategic Leadership: An Approach for Pharmaceuticals to Invest in Coordinated Patient Adherence and Access Strategies&rdquo; is available to <a href="">download here</a>. <br /><br /></p> Announcements 1600 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Minutes of the First Meeting of the Interim Standards Board <p>The minutes from the first meeting of the Interim Standards Board are available to view <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>The agenda for the next meeting, to be held on the 26th of July is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 1428 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400 First Meeting of the Interim Standards Board <p>Dear Stakeholders,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that the first meeting of the Interim Standards Board is to be held this <strong>Wednesday the 6th July</strong>. The meeting minutes will be posted publically shortly after the meeting has been held. As this is an introductory meeting a broad agenda has been set &ndash; encompassing the following areas:<br /><br />Topic:<br />Opening Remarks from AccountAbility CEO &ndash; Sunny Misser<br />Opening Remarks from Chairman of ISB + Personal Introduction<br />Introduction from members of the ISB<br />Functionality of the Board:<br />Housekeeping (Recurrence of ISB Meetings + Outputs required), Overall aims<br />Working Groups: Discuss proposed areas + confirm final 3 focus areas. Build a recruitment strategy<br />SES Finalisation:<br />Necessary Next Steps + Procedure for Board Approval<br />CSAP Program: Urgent Processing Required for Backlogged CSAP Applications<br />Round Up of Meeting + Next Steps: Proposed Meeting Timeline<br /><br />I look forward to reporting back to you once the meeting has been held.<br /><br />Kind Regards,<br /><br />Kurt Ramin</p> Announcements 1264 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Launches Strategy Seminar Series <p>AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization, has launched the AccountAbility Strategy Seminar Series.&nbsp; These small, invitation-only events will provide Executives and Corporate Responsibility officers with the information and tools needed to enhance their company&rsquo;s competitive business performance while meeting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance expectations of key stakeholders &ndash; AccountAbility calls this&nbsp; Responsible Competitiveness&trade;. <br /><br />The first AccountAbility Strategy Seminar will take place on July 26th, 2011 in New York focussing on &ldquo;Building a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy to Support Business Performance and meet Stakeholder Expectations&rdquo;.<br /><br />For more information and to register online, click <a href="">here.</a><br /><br /></p> Announcements 1206 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 The AA1000 Series Successfully Launched in Poland <p>On June 16, 2011 the Polish translation of AA1000 series was launched in Warsaw, Poland. The Standards were officially announced during a conference on stakeholder engagement and dialogue. CSRinfo, AccountAbility&rsquo;s Polish partner, organized the event in collaboration with Grupa TP. The conference was held under the auspices of the&nbsp; Ministry of Economy. Kurt Ramin, new Director and Global Head of Standards at AccountAbility, was CSRinfo&rsquo;s special guest.<br /><br />The conference took place in the Press Centre of the Polish Press Agency and was attended by over 70 people who represented mainly business organisations but also non-governmental organisations, public administration and universities. The speakers were Liliana Anam from CSRinfo, Kurt Ramin from AccountAbility and Monika Kulik from Grupa TP. <br /><br />During the conference Liliana Anam from CSRinfo presented the general situation of stakeholder dialogue processes carried out by Polish business organisations and summed up the results of CSRinfo&rsquo;s market research on stakeholder dialogue within several major business organisations in Poland. The research had been carried out by CSRinfo prior to the conference.<br /><br />The audience could also learn about the future development directions of AccountAbility&rsquo;s AA1000 Standards first hand from Kurt Ramin, who was the keynote speaker. <br /><br />The last speaker was Monika Kulik from Grupa TP, the largest Polish telecommunications firm, who is CSRinfo&rsquo;s strategic partner in the &ldquo;AA1000 in Poland&rdquo; project. Grupa TP is currently undergoing stakeholder dialogue process using the AA1000 series and in a very interesting case study Monika Kulik gave the audience a glimpse of their stakeholder engagement and dialogue strategies executed in compliance with the AA1000 series.<br /><br />The last presentation was followed by a Q and A session. It took over half an hour since there were many questions which focused on topics such as challenges and benefits of stakeholder engagement and dialogue, organisational difficulties and reporting issues.<br /><br />The event was the first of a kind in Poland and the feedback gather after the event was very good. The conference proved to be very popular among Polish CSR experts and practitioners. As a bonus, CSRinfo together with AccountAbility and Grupa TP prepared a special conference publication &ldquo;<a href=""><em>AA1000 Standards. Social responsibility tool. A guide for business</em></a>&rdquo;. In the publication the reader will find practical advice on using the AA1000 standards as well as other material of interest. The contributors are AccountAbility, CSRinfo, and Grupa TP. The publication is the first one to promote stakeholder dialogue according to the AA1000 series in Poland. Not only it shows the benefits of using the AA1000 standards but it also gives it a local context which will help Polish organisations to make the most of this valuable tool. The publication was part of the conference material and will be further distributed in among all interested parties. <br /><br />As anywhere else, the AA1000 standards in Poland are available free of charge. They will help organizations to develop their transparency and responsibility. Kurt Ramin from AccountAbility said: "AccountAbility are appreciating the efforts and are looking forward to push the standards ahead in Poland. Poland is one of the lead countries in Europe doing it. This effort will make Poland&nbsp; prepared for a European wide discussion and implementation of CSR issues and AA standards".<br /><br />"Stakeholder engagement is a key practice within the corporate social responsibility. The AA1000 Standards are very helpful. In my opinion this know-how should be available to Polish companies. I hope that it will contribute to the popularization of the stakeholder engagement practice", said Liliana Anam, CSRinfo Manager. "One should also remember&nbsp; that transparent and trust-based stakeholder engagement contributes to the creation of social capital which is still 'work in progress'" in Poland, she added.<br /><br />The translation and promotion of the AA1000 series is yet another educational project carried out successfully by CSRinfo in Poland. CSRinfo is one of the first Polish companies specialised entirely in corporate sustainability and responsibility. The main lines of business are consulting and education. The company owns the leading Polish portal on CSR: <a href=""> </a>and dedicated services such as <a href=""></a>. According to the latest research Portal is the portal of preference for the majority of people looking for information on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. <br /><br />As of today, the Polish version of the AA1000 Standards and other conference material will be available for download from the <a href="">Accountability website</a> and on <a href=""> </a><br /><br />For more information please contact:<br /><br />Ewa Szul-Skjoeldkrona<br /><a href=""></a><br />+48 795 196 739</p> <p>Photo (L-R): Monika Kulik, <em>Grupa TP</em>, Maciej Witucki, <em>CEO Grupa TP,</em> Kurt Ramin, <em>Director of Standards AccountAbility </em>&amp; Liliana Anam, <em>Manager of CSRinfo</em></p> <p>Image credits to Jacek Wajszczak</p> Announcements 1152 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility and ISEAL Alliance Launch Scaling Up Strategy of the Sustainability Standards Movement <p>AccountAbility and the <a href="">ISEAL Alliance</a> proudly launched the Strategy for Scaling Up the Impacts of Voluntary Standards in Zurich on June 8. The Strategy, which was supported by Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), is the culmination of an 18 month process to identify trends affecting the use of voluntary sustainability standards and to develop a collective strategy for responding to those trends. The process to develop the strategy included extensive interviews and focus groups with business leaders, producer capacity building organisations, donors investing in sustainability standards systems and consumer research. The Strategy outlines a coordinated approach to expanding the implementation and acceptance of social and environmental standards on a global level in order to increase the number of producers and enterprises that benefit from sustainable practices and the demand for goods produced using credible standards.<br />&nbsp;<br />The four goals of the strategy are:</p> <ol> </ol> <p>-- Position credible standards systems as leaders in achieving sustainable development</p> <p>-- Leverage the support of key external actors for scaling up</p> <p>-- Increase producer and enterprise access to standards</p> <p>-- Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of standards systems&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ol> </ol> <ul> </ul> <p>Download the Scaling Up Executive Summary <a href="">here</a> to learn more.</p> <p>(Pictured Left-Right: Anna Ashbaugh, AccountAbility; Martin Peter, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs; Karin Kreider, ISEAL Alliance; Steve Rochlin, AccountAbility; Hans-Peter Egler, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs; Andre de Freitas,&nbsp; Forest Stewardship Council and ISEAL Alliance Board of Directors)</p> Announcements 1070 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Interim Standards Board Announced <p><strong>Note from Roger Adams, Chairman of Interim Standards Board Nomination Committee</strong><br /><br /><strong>June 14, 2011</strong><br /><br />I am very pleased to announce the following individuals have been selected by the Nomination Committee to serve as members of the Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 Series of Standards:<br /><br /><strong>Anant G. Nadkarni, Chairman</strong> -- Vice-President of Group Corporate Sustainability, TATA, India. Coordinates social, environmental and related initiatives for nearly fifty major Tata companies; previous AccountAbility Standards Board Member.<br /><br /><strong>Professor Carol Adams </strong>-- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) La Trobe University, Melbourne, the first University to apply the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles to its sustainability governance, management and stakeholder engagement processes; Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; previous AccountAbility Council Member.<br /><br /><strong>Ted Grant</strong> -- Special Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff at the Rockefeller Foundation, responsible for planning, board and internal governance, relationship management and strategic partner development; previously Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO and Chairman, JP Morgan Chase.<br /><br /><strong>Jason Perks</strong> &ndash; Director, Two Tomorrows, lead trainer on Standards courses since 2006; experienced AA1000 AS Assurer; current Member of AA1000APS/AS Technical Committee.<br /><br /><strong>John Scade</strong> -- Specialist CSR consultant and qualified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner; translated the AA1000 APS &amp; AS into Spanish following their revision in 2008; current Member of the AA1000 SES Technical Committee.<br /><br /><strong>Terence Jeyaretnam</strong> -- Director Net Balance, Australia; LEAD Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner; experienced AA1000 AS Assurer, current Member of AA1000APS/AS Technical Committee.<br /><br /><strong>Kurt Ramin</strong> &ndash; Global Head of Standards at AccountAbility, previously director and advisor to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), London.<br /><br />Members of the Interim Standards Board were selected based on a number of criteria, including: familiarity with AccountAbility and the AA1000 Series of Standards; experience using the AA1000 Standards; experience in setting and developing sustainability or other relevant standards; and familiarity with best practices in organisational and standard setting governance.<br /><br />I would like to thank my colleagues on the Nomination Committee &ndash; Dr. Enrique Lahmann, global director of the IUCN; Christian Dreyer, executive director, JP Morgan Switzerland; Richard Boele, founder and managing director of Banarra; Liv Watson, Global Head of Research and Development at AccountAbility; and Kurt Ramin, Global Head of Standards at AccountAbility &ndash; for their hard work and diligence in selecting such a distinguished Board.<br /><br />On behalf of the Nomination Committee, we are confident that the new Interim Standards Board will help maintain and further the legitimacy and credibility of the AA1000 Standards.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Roger Adams<br />Chairman, Nomination Committee</p> Announcements 1048 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility's Steve Rochlin Presents at the 2011 CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit <p>At the 2011 CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit, Steve Rochlin, Director at AccountAbility and Global Head of Advisory Services facilitated an interactive discussion on "Setting Strategy amidst Ongoing Economic Uncertainty."</p> <p>Participants spoke about the various approaches to philanthropic giving they are currently taking; from providing basic needs services to their local communities, to keeping activity portfolios consistent and related to core business. However, regardless of the approach most companies are looking for evidence that the programs supported are efficient, effective, and creating models that emphasise long-term sustainability.</p> <p>For more details, please see the <a href="">notes </a>from this session.</p> Announcements 1185 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Important Update on the Interim Standards Board <p>Please note that the deadline for applications to the Interim Standards Board has been extended to <strong>Monday the 16th May</strong>.&nbsp; Applications should be sent via e-mail to <a href=""></a> by this date.</p> Announcements 631 Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Terms of Reference for the Interim Standards Board Now Available <p>The Terms of Reference for the Interim Standards Board is available to view <a href="">here</a>. This takes into account comments made by the Chair of the Nominations Committee Roger Adams. Any further comments should be directed to <a href=""> . </a><br /><br /></p> Announcements 632 Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Kurt Ramin Article 'Natural Capital' Featured in Malaysian Accountant <p>Director of Standards for AccountAbility, Kurt Ramin, had his recent article 'Natural Capital: The Financial Sector &amp; Financial Reporting - Catalyzing Action?' featured in the Malaysian Accountant. Download the article <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 614 Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Liv Watson Participating In IAFS Monthly Briefing on Trust <p>Liv Watson, Director of Research &amp; Development at AccountAbility will be participating in the Monthly Briefing of the Intangible Asset Financial Society: 'The Economic Value of Trust' on the 6th May at 12pm EST.</p> <p>Joining Liv will be Jordan Kimmel, a principal of Trust Across America, a thought leader and developer of the FACTS&trade; audit model for measuring trustworthy business behavior. Jonathan Salem Baskin, global brand strategist, speaker and author, moderates.</p> <p>The event is free to join <a href="">here.</a></p> Announcements 598 Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Chair of Nomination Committee announces Interim Standards Board Nomination Committee Members <p><strong>Note from Roger Adams on Nomination Committee</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;I am very pleased to announce the following individuals have agreed to serve as members of the Interim Standards Board Nomination Committee:</p> <p>Dr. Enrique Lahmann &ndash; global director of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world&rsquo;s oldest and largest global environmental network</p> <p>Christian Dreyer &ndash; executive director, JP Morgan Switzerland, Chartered Financial Analyst and past president of the Swiss CFA Society</p> <p>Richard Boele<strong> </strong>&ndash; founder and managing director of Banarra, an Australia-based sustainability consultancy, member of the LinkedIn AA1000 User Group Interim Executive Committee</p> <p>Liv Watson &ndash; global head of Research and Development at AccountAbility, founder of XBRL international</p> <p>Kurt Ramin &ndash; global head of Standards at AccountAbility, previously director and advisor to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) &nbsp;</p> <p>The members of the Nomination Committee have extensive international experience in their respective fields and together bring a wealth of expertise in standards development, financial management, and business operations to the team.&nbsp; I am confident that we have assembled the right people to begin the process of establishing a world-class governance structure for the AA1000 Series of Standards.</p> <p>The Committee will be meeting soon to develop a process to review nominations, interview candidates, and ultimately select individuals to serve on the 7-member Interim Standards Board.&nbsp; As a starting point it would seem sensible to establish preliminary criteria for candidates, such as:</p> <p>--Familiarity with AccountAbility and the AA1000 Series of Standards</p> <p>--Experience using the AA1000 Standards in an organisational context (as a preparer, user or assurer)</p> <p>--Experience in setting and developing sustainability/accountability or other relevant standards</p> <p>--Familiarity with best practices in organizational and standard setting governance</p> <p>As agreed in the Statement of Principles recently drafted by the Technical Committee of the AA1000 SES and AccountAbility &ndash; all interested stakeholders of the AA1000 Standards are eligible to participate, including previous members of the Standards Board, Advisory Council and Technical Committees.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Regards,</p> <p>Roger</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Announcements 518 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Announces Call for Nominations to serve on AA1000 Interim Standards Board <p>AccountAbility has issued an open invitation to all interested stakeholders to serve on an Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 Series of Standards.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new 7-member Board will serve for a period of one year and have a mandate to establish a permanent Standards Board by May 2012.&nbsp; The Interim Standards Board replaces the voluntary Standards Board which resigned earlier this year.&nbsp; The decision to move ahead with an interim board was reached after a series of discussions with AA1000 stakeholders over the past several weeks.</p> <p><a href="">Roger Adams</a>, Director, Special Assignments for ACCA, the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants will serve as the independent chair of the Nomination Committee which will oversee the nomination process.</p> <p>AccountAbility Director of Standards Kurt Ramin commented, &ldquo;Establishing an independent governance structure is critically important in maintaining the legitimacy and credibility of the AA1000 Standards.&nbsp; We are delighted that an individual of Roger&rsquo;s stature has agreed to serve as chair of the Nominating Committee.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Interim Standards Board will provide oversight and guidance on the strategy and development of the AA1000 Series of Standards while AccountAbility will continue to act as the Secretariat and Steward of AA1000 and have responsibility for financial and business matters.&nbsp; Through a process of <em>advice, support and challenge</em> the Interim Standards Board will be responsible for setting and forwarding the Standards agenda and increasing its impact globally.</p> <p>Stakeholders wishing to serve on the Interim Standards Board will have until Friday 6 May to submit their CV and other relevant details for consideration to the Nominations Committee at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Nominations will be open to all interested stakeholders, including previous members of the Standards Board, Advisory Council and Technical Committees.</p> Announcements 459 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Listed on <p>AccountAbility has been listed on's new <a href="">NPO page</a>.</p> Announcements 457 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Liv Watson featured in's CR Debates <p> have asked a number of leading CR experts to weigh in on two hot CR topics. AccountAbility's Director of Research and Development, <a href="">Liv Watson</a> proposes the motion; 'XBRL will be vital for CR reporting' against Daniel Roberts.</p> <p>You can read their full pieces, and weigh in yourself on's<a href=""> blog</a>.</p> Announcements 456 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility European Head appointed as a London Leader <p>Charles O&rsquo;Malley, Head of Europe at AccountAbility, has been appointed one of 15 <em>London Leaders</em> for 2011 by the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC). <br />&nbsp;<br />The role of the LSDC is to advise the Mayor of London on making London an exemplary sustainable world city. Its London Leaders programme brings together &ldquo;London&rsquo;s leading lights in sustainability&rdquo; to deliver real change and to inspire others to do the same. &ldquo;Our growing phalanx of London Leaders past and present embody a positive force for change, helping to improve quality of life in our great city,&rdquo; said Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. <br />&nbsp;<br />In his role as a London Leader, Charles will be working to accelerate innovative solutions to our sustainability challenges by combining the power of large corporations with the creativity of entrepreneurs. Read more about Charles&rsquo; London Leaders project <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 451 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400 AA1000 Standards in IFAC Sustainability Framework 2.0 <p>The AA1000 Standards series has been included in the Second edition of IFAC's Sustainability Framework. The IFAC Sustainability Framework provides guidance on embedding sustainability into an organisation and can be applied to entities of all sizes and complexities. Download the framework <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 450 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400 US Chamber of Commerce to host Conference on Corporate Community Investment <p><span style="color: #666666; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">The US Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center will be hosting the 2011 National Conference on Corporate Community Investment in Philadelphia from April 12-14th. The event brings together top corporate, government, and non-profit thought leaders where they will discuss solutions to America's most vexing competitive challenges: energy and the environment, education, health and wellness, and job creation. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #666666; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;"> Attendees will learn:</span></p> <p>-- How companies are incorporating CSR and sustainability principles into their energy, education, health care, and job creation solutions</p> <p>-- How business, government and non-profits are collaborating in an unprecedented initiative to develop competitive, sustainable communities across America</p> <p>-- A real-world update on the progress, challenges and opportunities businesses encounter when incorporating sustainability into their corporate culture and operations</p> <p><span style="color: #666666; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">Additional information can be found <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;</span></p> Announcements 443 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility In the News <p>AccountAbility has recently been featured in an article by Mallen Baker of Ethical Corporation discussing the recent changes within the organisation. Read the full article <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Another recent Ethical Corporation piece entitled 'Codes of conduct and standards: the pick of the bunch' featured AccountAbility's AA1000 Standards Series, you can find it <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Steve Rochlin, one of AccountAbility's Directors was recently interviewed by BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan about corporate codes of conduct, supply chains, reporting, the sustainability revolution, responsible competitiveness, and more. Watch the video <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Ethical Performace also featured two articles about AccountAbility in the March Edition. The main article can be found <a href="">here</a> and the analysis can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 439 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The International Standards Organisation Highlights AccountAbility in an ISO Focus Special Report <p>View the full report 'Building Bridges: Aligning SR Efforts for Greater Leverage' by Maria Lazarte <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 438 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility responds to AA1000 User Group Questions <p><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Tahoma;"><span lang="EN-GB"> <p>Interested stakeholders who are members of the AA1000 User Group on LinkedIn recently submitted questions to AccountAbility as part of the current discussion over the future direction of AA1000.&nbsp; Our answers to the Group are provided <a href="">here</a>.</p> </span></span></span></span></p> Announcements 435 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Comments on AA1000 SES Final Exposure Draft <p>Please find all comments received by AccountAbility <a href="">here</a>, furthering the release of the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard Final Exposure Draft. All those who commented are included in the document with; John Scade &amp; Fundaci&oacute;n ONCE (The Spanish Blind Association), Masao Seki, Christian Hell, Jamie Robertson and John Aston.</p> Announcements 433 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Management Response to Assurance Providers & Sustainability Practitioners <p>In response to <a href="">a letter</a> received by the AccountAbility Management Team from key stakeholders comprised of Assurance Providers and Sustainability Practitioners, please find AccountAbility&rsquo;s Management Team Response <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 427 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Director of Standards Response to AA1000 SES Technical Committee <p>In response to <a href="">a letter</a> received by the AccountAbility Management Team from the AA1000 SES Technical committee, please find AccountAbility&rsquo;s response from Kurt Ramin, Director of Standards <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 426 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AA1000 Stakeholder Outreach Call Summary <p>Thank you to everyone who participated in the first, of what will be many, stakeholder outreach calls.</p> <p>Liv and I very much appreciate your commitment to AA1000 and encourage you to take an active role in working with us to revitalize the Standards.&nbsp; You can be assured that sharing ideas and listening to each other will be a vital part of the way forward.&nbsp; For those of you who were unable to join the call, we will be posting an audio recording of the call shortly.&nbsp;&nbsp; (The slide presentation and audio recordings are available<a href=""> here</a>.)</p> <p>In the spirit of encouraging dialogue and stimulating debate, I&rsquo;d like to outline some of the key themes Liv and I raised on the call and invite you to offer your perspectives:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">1.&nbsp; Strategy drives governance &ndash; We need to work with stakeholders to develop a strategic plan first, before making decisions on governance.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">2.&nbsp;The Standards must be sustainable &ndash; Developing a self-funding model is critical to ensuring the long-term viability of the Standard.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">3.&nbsp;The Standards must be transparent &ndash; An open, collaborative process will help ensure independence of the Standards.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">4.&nbsp;The Standards need new blood &ndash; We need to include stakeholders who have not been previously been part of the process to encourage fresh thinking and re-energize AA1000.</p> <p>In addition, we&rsquo;d like to get your reaction to our plan to establish stakeholder working committees and an outside governance counsel to focus on key issues in the Standards process.</p> <p>May I suggest we start the discussion with the first theme &ndash; Strategy drives governance &ndash; and then take up a different issue each week.</p> <p>Liv and I look forward to hearing from you.</p> <p>Kurt</p> Announcements 422 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility to Host Online Stakeholder Forum on AA1000 Standards and Research <p>All AccountAbility stakeholders interested in the future direction of the AA1000 Standards as well as AccountAbility's Research and Development agenda are invited to participate in a 90-minute global online forum.</p> Announcements 411 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Welcomes Two Senior Leaders to its Global Management Team <p>AccountAbility is pleased to announce that two internationally-renowned experts in accounting, financial reporting, governance, and standards development have joined the senior management team.</p> Announcements 387 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility on Twitter <p>AccountAbility is now on Twitter. For the latest news, views and opinion on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development find AccountAbility tweeting @AAInsights. Join in on the weekly AccountAbility Insight debate using the hashtag <a href="">#AAInsights</a>.<br /><br /></p> Announcements 359 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility and the Institute for Competitiveness Launch the India Responsible Competitiveness Awards <p>AccountAbility and the Institute for Competitiveness have partnered to launch the <em>India Responsible Competitiveness Awards</em> &ndash; a leading initiative to recognize and reward India's top performing companies in the area of corporate responsibility. The partnership was announced yesterday at the 13th Annual TCI Global Conference in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR.</p> Announcements 347 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility Article on Integrated Reporting Featured in Harvard Business School Publication <p>On October 14-15, AccountAbility representatives participated in "A Workshop on Integrated Reporting: Frameworks and Action Plan" at the Harvard Business School. The workshop organizers have published a free "EBook" of articles written by Workshop participants, entitled The Landscape of Integrated Reporting: Reflections and Next Steps.</p> <p>AccountAbility's contribution&mdash;"Integrating Integrated Reporting"&mdash;is featured prominently as the lead chapter in the "Benefits to Companies" section. The article argues that integrated reporting can be a vital driver of organizational change towards Responsible Competitiveness.</p> <p>Please click here to download the <a href="">EBook</a>.</p> Announcements 324 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility and Sunil A. Misser Featured in Ethical Performance <p>AccountAbility and CEO Sunil A. Misser are featured in the November issue of Ethical Performance, the monthly business newsletter on corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment. The article provides a profile of Mr. Misser and discusses the changes underway at AccountAbility since his appointment as CEO.</p> <p>Read the full article <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 319 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 AccountAbility to Develop Bridging Document Between ISO26000 and the AA1000 Suite of Standards <p>AccountAbility announced today that it will be developing a guide to help organizations better understand the linkages between the new ISO 26000 standard and the AA1000 suite of sustainability standards.</p> Announcements 304 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility & Global Compact Research on Responsible Lobbying Featured in FT Sustainable Business Special Report <p>A 2005 research report on responsible lobbying undertaken by AccountAbility and the Global Compact was referred to in a Financial Times article about the growing debate around responsible public policy of large business.</p> <p>The FT report discusses the gap between public corporate responsibility statements and the sustainability commitments and lobbying activities of companies. The article concludes that greater transparency and accountability on political funding and lobbying will help companies protect themselves against reputational and business risks.</p> <p>Read the full article <a href=",dwp_uuid=e55f5b88-c9f9-11df-87b8-00144feab49a.html">here</a>.</p> Announcements 264 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0400 MFA Forum agrees on final phase of work <p>The MFA Forum&rsquo;s Executive Committee, at a two-day meeting in New York agreed on a final work phase for this unique apparel industry collaboration. The MFA Forum has agreed to close its doors by the end of 2010.</p> Announcements 207 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility and Sunil A. Misser quoted in NY Stock Exchange Magazine <p>NY Stock Exchange Magazine features Sunny Misser in an article on &lsquo;The Power of Green&rsquo;. Misser is quoted saying;</p> <p>&ldquo;Companies now face new economic challenges, social pressures and environmental threats. There is a new normal &mdash; and it&rsquo;s not business as usual.... Businesses typically experience three stages in the sustainability life cycle: committing to compliance, integrating sustainability into the business DNA and changing the game. The performance leaders of tomorrow will have to do all three successfully.&rdquo;</p> <p>Read the full article <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 215 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility and Sunil A. Misser featured in Global Finance Magazine <p>AccountAbility and CEO Sunil A. Misser are featured in the June cover story of Global Finance Magazine. The article looks at companies at the cutting edge of CSR who are weaving citizenship efforts into the strategic heart of business.</p> <p>Read the full article <a href="">here</a>.</p> Announcements 216 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0400 AccountAbility Appoints Sunil A Misser as New Chief Executive Officer <p>AccountAbility, the global corporate responsibility (CR) research and advisory firm headquartered in New York and London, has appointed Sunil A. Misser as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr Misser is currently Chairman of AccountAbility, and has led its Advisory Services arm since June 2008. Mr. Misser succeeds Simon Zadek in the position.</p> Announcements 208 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0400