AccountAbility Presents at the Glowork Career Fair Conference, Riyadh

September 27, 2016

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’s 2016 Career Fair Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh – 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.

Murray Sayce Appointed Chair of the New AccountAbility Principles Working Group

September 15, 2016

The AA1000 Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Mr. Murray Sayce, Principal, Ramboll-Environ, has been appointed as Chair of the new AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP) Working Group. 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.

AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, interviewed by REIT (Real Estate Investment Trusts) Magazine

August 08, 2016

The July / August 2016 edition of REIT Magazine features an interview with Sunny Misser, CEO of AccountAbility, titled “REITs Looking for Sustainability Standardization.” The interview addresses AccountAbility’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.

New AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP) Working Group Announced

August 08, 2016

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.

AccountAbility Global Webinar on the Stakeholder Engagement Standard

July 13, 2016

AccountAbility hosted a webinar on the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES, 2015), as part of a series of activities to promote use of the AA1000 Series of Standards. David Pritchett, 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 Stakeholder Engagement practices and trends.

Open Call for Nominations: AA1000APS Working Group

June 08, 2016

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. 

“Energy & the Future” – AccountAbility Event for Sustainability Leaders with Mr. Abdallah S. Jum’ah

March 03, 2016

On March 3rd, AccountAbility hosted leading business and sustainability executives from Fortune 100 companies for an informative and productive conversation about “Energy & the Future”, honoring Advisory Board member Mr. Abdallah S. Jum’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.

AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, Interviewed by NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts)

February 12, 2016

AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, discusses the future of sustainability in the real estate industry in an interview with NAREIT on January 27th, conducted at NAREIT’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. 

Amy Springsteel appointed to AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board

February 09, 2016

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 Assistant Vice President 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, “Amy is a very valuable addition to our Standards Board – 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.”

AccountAbility Fortune 100 Event in NYC with Its Advisory Board

January 19, 2016

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

AccountAbility launches Global Stakeholder Engagement Standard in UK with a presentation to leading corporates

December 16, 2015

UK Power Networks hosted AccountAbility’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.

King Khalid Awards Gala Held in Riyadh on December 8th, 2015

December 11, 2015

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.

AccountAbility is a proud partner of the King Khalid Award on Responsible Competitiveness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

AccountAbility Releases Global Standard in Stakeholder Engagement

November 16, 2015

AccountAbility has released the final version of the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES) 2015.  Part of the AA1000 Series of Standards, the AA1000SES (2015) provides practical guidance on how to assess, design, implement and communicate effective stakeholder engagement.

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.

New AA1000AS Working Group Announced

October 28, 2015

The AA1000AS Nominations Committee and AA1000 Standards Board are pleased to announce the members of the newly constituted AA1000AS Working Group.  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.

AccountAbility Advisory Board Member Abdallah S. Jum'ah appointed to Saudi Arabian Airlines Board

September 18, 2015

AccountAbility is pleased to announce that our Advisory Board Member, Mr. Abdallah S. Jum’ah, has been appointed to the Board of Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) by the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Jum’ah is currently the Chairman of The Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) and Co-Chairman of the U.S. –Saudi Arabian Business Council. From 1995 until December 31, 2008 Mr. Jum’ah served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), the world’s largest oil producing company. While CEO of Saudi Aramco Mr. Jum’ah served on Saudi Aramco’s Board of Directors and on the Saudi Arabian Supreme Council of Petroleum and Mineral Affairs.

Extending Open Call for Nominations: AA1000AS Working Group

July 29, 2015

LONDON, 29th July, 2015 

The Nominations Committee has extended the open invitation period to serve on the Working Group for the new version of the AA1000AS till 12th August 2015. While appreciative of the applications received through the Open call till 10th 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.

Open Call for Nominations: AA1000AS Working Group

June 29, 2015

The Nominations Committee has issued an open invitation to all interested stakeholders to serve on 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’ Terms of Reference 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.

Final Public comment period open: AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard

June 04, 2015

The Final Revision Working Group of the AA1000SES 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 – consulted in a 5-day online Think Tank on – 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.

AccountAbility’s Global Head of Research moderates a workshop on Materiality with CSR Europe’s MIA Program

January 22, 2015

CSR Europe invited David Pritchett, AccountAbility’s Head of Research to moderate a workshop on “Sustainability Materiality” 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.

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.

King Khalid Awards Gala to Be Held in Riyadh on December 30th, 2014

December 05, 2014

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.  To date, the foundation has accomplished a number of development and research projects and has awarded millions of Saudi Riyals in grants.

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.  

CEO of AccountAbility shares his perspective in Delivering Tomorrow publication

October 27, 2014

The current edition of Deutsche Post DHL’s Delivering Tomorrow publication series features an article by Sunny Misser, CEO of AccountAbility, titled “Stakeholder Engagement: Creating Value and Delivering Performance.” The publication addresses the idea of how stronger relationships with stakeholders not only secure the business' “license to operate,” but also contribute to its sustained innovative strength – creating financial and societal value.

AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Robert Herz Appointed to SASB's Board of Directors

October 27, 2014

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board™ (SASB)™ announced on October 21 that the organization has elected AccountAbility Council Member Robert Herz to SASB's Board of Directors. Herz—whose three-year term begins on January 1, 2015—will play an instrumental role in determining the structure and process for the finalization of SASB standards.

AccountAbility Honored by Game Changers 500

April 03, 2014

New York - AccountAbility was recently honored by Game Changers 500 for using business as a force for good. Game Changers 500 placed AccountAbility on its dynamic list that profiles the world’s top purpose-driven organizations, grouping the firm with companies such as Zappos, Google, Kiva, Patagonia, Whole Foods, Novo Nordisk and IDEO.

AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Sir Mark Moody-Stuart publishes new book: Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics

March 13, 2014

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart recently released his latest book, Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics. (Greenleaf Publishing)

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.

AccountAbility Receives IoD's 2013 Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability

October 11, 2013

London, UK, October 11, 2013 - AccountAbility has been awarded the prestigious international Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability in 2013, by the Institute of Directors (IoD), India.

AccountAbility releases a report on materiality: “Redefining Materiality II: Why It Matters, Who’s Involved and What it Means for Corporate Leaders and Boards”

August 08, 2013

AccountAbility has released a comprehensive report examining the growing importance of non-financial factors on corporate performance, disclosure, and valuation. Redefining Materiality II was developed in response to accelerating acceptance that non-financial materiality is an influential factor in corporate valuation.

AccountAbility & UNGC Webinar: Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation

July 15, 2013

This coming Wednesday, July 17th, and Wednesday July 24th, AccountAbility and the UN Global Compact will co-host two webinars that draw upon findings from the recent report by the UN Global Compact and AccountAbility

AccountAbility Advisory Council member Bob Herz launches latest book

July 05, 2013

Bob Herz has recently released his latest book, Accounting Changes: Chronicles of Convergence, Crisis, and Complexity in Financial Reporting.

AccountAbility-UN Global Compact Study Demonstrates Value of Voluntary Corporate Sustainability Commitments

June 06, 2013

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.

GRI Publishes Report on External Assurance & Sustainability Reporting

May 23, 2013

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.

GRI Launches new G4 Reporting Guidelines

May 22, 2013

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.

AccountAbility Strategies completes the transfer of the AA1000 Standards Intellectual Property & Assets to AccountAbility AA1000 CIC

May 17, 2013

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.

AccountAbility CEO Delivers Keynote Speech at IOD Conference in Dubai

May 14, 2013

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.

The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) Publishes the Consultation Draft of the International <IR> Framework

April 16, 2013

The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) has published the Consultation Draft of the International <IR> Framework and is inviting interested stakeholders to help shape the future.

AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Abdallah S. Jum’ah Appointed Chairman of the Board of Saudi Investment Bank

March 13, 2013

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 13, 2013 – AccountAbility Advisory Council member Abdallah S. Jum’ah has been appointed Chariman of the Board of Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB).

AccountAbility Releases Preliminary Findings of Groundbreaking Sustainability Study at the World Economic Forum in Davos

January 25, 2013

New York, NY  – 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.

AccountAbility’s Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller Featured in the Latest Edition of MyRoche – Roche Group’s Premier Internal Publication

January 08, 2013

Basel, Switzerland – AccountAbility’s Global Head of Clients and Industries Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller spoke with Roche Group about what defines compliance and responsible behavior in today’s business market. “If you believe compliance is expensive,” says Dr. Scheiwiller, “then trying doing without it.” 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.

New AA1000 Standards Board Announced

December 07, 2012

London, UK  – 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.

AccountAbility CEO Sunny Misser, the CEO Trust, Tourneau, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Ring in the Holiday Season with a Message about Responsible Luxury

December 05, 2012

New York, NY – 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’s display of the world’s largest mistletoe ball.

AccountAbility's Alejandro Roche Appears on CNN Partner Network to Discuss the Outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election

November 07, 2012

New York, NY  - 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 Cuní 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.

AccountAbility Hosts Advisory Council Reception: Hisham Akbar, COO and Deputy CEO of Zain, delivers keynote speech

October 29, 2012

New York, NY – 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.

AccountAbility Director of Standards, Carol Adams, to Speak at Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference

October 15, 2012

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.

Dr. Carol Adams Named Global Director of Standards for AA1000 Standards Series

September 25, 2012

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.

Open Call for Nominations: AA1000 Standards Board

August 21, 2012

The Nomination Committee has issued an open invitation to all interested stakeholders to serve on the Standards Board for the AA1000 Series of Standards. The new Board will operate under the mandate laid out in its’ Terms of Reference and will commence its duties in September 2012.

AccountAbility Announces the Nominating Committee for Selection of the AA1000 Standards Board

August 19, 2012

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.

AA Advisory Council Member Mr. Robert Herz Appointed to the Accounting Hall of Fame

August 09, 2012

AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Mr. Robert H. Herz has been selected for induction into the Accounting Hall of Fame. The induction will take place in Washington, D.C., in August at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association.

AA Advisory Council Member Mr. Robert Herz Appointed to Morgan Stanley Board

July 03, 2012

NEW YORK AccountAbility Advisory Council Member  Mr. Robert H. Herz has been appointed to Morgan Stanley’s Board of Directors. Effective July 2, Mr. Herz will serve on the board’s Audit Committee.

AA1000 Governance: Exposure Draft of the Standards Board Nomination Process and Terms of Reference

June 27, 2012

Dear Stakeholders of the AA1000 Series,

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. 

The Community Interest Company (CIC) that now houses the AA1000 Standards is dedicated in its Memorandum of Association to; “Promote and develop internationally the AA1000 Standards and to foster and maintain the best means and methodology of developing and applying such standards.” It shall “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.” To this end the AccountAbility Standards Secretariat was established and funded to execute the strategy as developed with the Standards Board.

Upon its assembly, the new Standards Board shall be fully informed of stakeholder feedback on the  governance structure received to date, and shall acknowledge this and the work already done by the ISB in developing  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. 

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;  Anant Nadkarni, Carol Adams, Jason Perks, John Scade, and Terence Jeyaretnam who worked tirelessly to build a strong representative foundation for the Standards.

At this closing point of the ISB the AccountAbility Management Team presents the Terms of Reference and process for election of the new Standards Board for public exposure. Any comments and suggestions as always would be greatly appreciated via by the 11th of July 2012. 

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.


The AccountAbility Management Team

Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller joins AccountAbility as Director and Global Head of Clients and Industries

June 06, 2012

NEW YORK, June 6, 2012 –  Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller, 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.  Dr. Scheiwiller will be expanding the organization’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.

“Thomas is a key addition to our impressive senior leadership team,” Misser said. “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.”

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.  He focused on integrated reporting, governance, risk, compliance and integrity services primarily for clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and financial services sectors.  For five of those years, Dr. Scheiwiller also served as PwC’s global lead Partner for Nestlé.

Dr. Scheiwiller’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.  Dr. Scheiwiller is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Business & 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.

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.  He speaks four languages.

“It’s a natural next step for me to join an organization whose mission is mainstreaming sustainability in the corporate world,” Dr. Scheiwiller said. “I’m looking forward to working with AccountAbility’s impressive roster of clients and lending my experience to the standards and research practices.”

About AccountAbility

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.  It maintains a global presence with offices in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

Governance of the AA1000 Standards

June 01, 2012
The Interim Standards Board

Dear Colleagues,

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 & Promotion).

What follows is a document on the governance of the AA1000 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.

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.

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.

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


The Interim Standards Board

Interim Standards Board Update: Chairman's Letter

May 28, 2012
Anant Nadkarni, Chairman of the Interim Standards Board

Dear Stakeholders of the AA1000 Series,

Over the past year I have had the privilege of serving as the Chairman of the Interim Standards Board (ISB) and want to use this opportunity to update you on the progress made and future direction of the AA1000 Standards. 

As you may be aware, in June last year the ISB was established as a medium to provide independent governance for the AA1000 Standards. The Board assumed a year-long mandate with a view towards:

- Signing off the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard;
- Establishing working groups to advance the technical, operational, educational and governance aspects of the Standards and;
- Further advancing the longer term leadership and impact of the Standards globally.

As the ISB draws toward the end of its term at the end of June 2012, I would like to thank and acknowledge the hard work of the members of the Interim Standards Board. Over the past year Carol Adams, Ted Grant, Jason Perks, John Scade, Terence Jeyaretnam and AccountAbility’s Director of Standards Kurt Ramin have contributed an outstanding amount of time and energy in building a robust foundation for the AA1000 Standards, with further support from Francesca Sharp and Claire Head at AccountAbility.

During the ISB’s term, the focus has been on three tracks of work, with working groups formed to tackle these areas. What follows is a brief progress update on each of the working groups covered by the ISB with links for additional information.

Working Groups:

After stakeholder consultation, three working group areas were identified as core to the Standards’ agenda. Governance was given priority by stakeholders and thus the ISB dedicated significant attention to this during the course of its mandate;

Governance, Funding & Ownership – The Governance Working Group sought to establish an independent governance model for the AA1000. This was done by building on the newly established separate legal entity, housed by the Steward - AccountAbility. For further information on AA1000 Standards' governance please visit the AA1000 Governance site.

Technical Development – The Technical Working Group continues to focus on building out the technical capacity of the Standards, whilst identifying marketplace developments and new challenges for the Standards to address. The AA1000SES was signed off by the Interim Standards Board. Complementary support materials are being discussed with a view to rolling out project work imminently.

Professionalisation & Promotion – The Professionalisation and Promotion Working Group continues to build out the support framework for the Standards from an education, certification and licensing perspective. The Certification as a Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) programme is in the process of being revised and expanded with a view to qualifying more expert practitioners in AA1000 across the globe.

Moving Forward:

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

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

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’ 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.


Anant Nadkarni

AccountAbility Names New Head of Global Research and Development

March 23, 2012

New York (March 23, 2012) Ted Grant, 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.  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.

“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’s Research and Development agenda at a time of significant change in the world.”

With more than 25 years of experience in business and philanthropy, Ted’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.

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.

“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’s leadership as these issues take on even greater importance around the world."

AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Mr. John A. Fraser speaks at the Melbourne Financial Services Symposium

March 05, 2012

Melbourne, Australia - 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. Read the text of his full speech here.

Free Webinar 21st March Featuring Advisory Council Member Bob Herz

March 05, 2012

AccountAbility Advisory Council Member Bob Herz is to feature in an interactive WebFilings webinar alongside other business leaders including;

  • Terry Iannaconi, Partner in Charge, Knowledge Sharing Department of Professional Practice, KPMG,
  • Nick Cappiello, Project Manager, Disclosure Framework, FASB, and
  • Bill Sinnett, Director of Research, Financial Executives Research Foundation

The panel will be discussing Financial Disclosure Overload and Complexity:  When Will It Get Easier? The webinar will take place on Wednesday the 21st March at 2PM ET. Click here to complete your registration.

Advisory Council Chairman Hans Decker’s response to CSR opinion piece published on FT forum

February 13, 2012

A letter from the Chairman of AccountAbility’s top governance body, the Advisory Council, responding to a recent Financial Times column on CSR, has been posted on the FT’s online forum. In the letter, Dr. Decker agrees with columnist Gillian Tett’s view that corporate social responsibility is not an “either/or” proposition.  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.

AccountAbility’s Advisory Services Director Featured in US Chamber of Commerce Webcast

February 10, 2012

Steve Rochlin, Global Head of Advisory Services for AccountAbility, was a featured speaker on a recent webcast, How a Community's Configuration Affects Its Economy & CSR, conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC).   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

Gilbert Rustom Named Regional Head for Middle East, Africa and Asia

December 20, 2011

Gilbert Rustom has been appointed by AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization, to serve as Regional Head for the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  In his new role, Mr. Rustom will be responsible for client management and business development within the regions.

Mr. Rustom brings an entrepreneurial spirit and client focus to AccountAbility along with significant CR consulting experience.  As an independent contractor he partnered with AccountAbility to establish the first CSR Index in Saudi Arabia.  As part of that initiative, he worked with nearly 250 major companies in the Kingdom assessing their CR efforts.

Prior to joining AccountAbility, Mr. Rustom was the founder and managing partner of BlindSpot Communication, a brand and marketing consultancy based in Saudi Arabia.  While there he developed two noteworthy CR programs.  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.  The second, a related project with Carrefour, the renowned retailer, focused on raising environmental awareness among school children.

Previously, he served as Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather in Riyadh where he substantially increased O&M’s revenue and organizational footprint in just two years.  Earlier in his career, he worked in television production and in broadcasting, as an on-camera sportscaster on Lebanese TV.  

Mr. Rustom graduated from Notre Dame University in Lebanon with a BA in Marketing and Communication.  He received an executive MBA from the American University in Beirut.

AccountAbility’s O’Malley Makes Oxford History

November 15, 2011

Charles O’Malley, AccountAbility’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.  The O’Malley clan became part of Oxford history when they formally collected their degrees in a ceremony earlier this month.

Advisory Council Member Mthunzi Mdwaba Delivers Closing Speech at ILO Regional Conference

October 24, 2011

Advisory Council member Mthunzi Mdwaba recently delivered the closing speech at the 12th Annual Regional Conference of the ILO in Johannesburg held on the 14th of October.

The full speech is available to download here.

AccountAbility Names New Advisory Council

October 11, 2011

“Who’s Who” of Global Leaders Join Governance Body of AccountAbility – Leading International Sustainability Organization;  Commit to Goal of  “Mainstreaming” Corporate Responsibility

London and New York, October 11, 2011 -- A veritable “Who’s Who” 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.

The newly-appointed Advisory Council will provide strategic guidance and facilitate AccountAbility’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.

Mr. Hans W. Decker, former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA), and currently Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University will serve as Chairman of AccountAbility’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, “said Mr. Decker. “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." 

The Members of the Advisory Council include:  

Mr. Hans W. Decker – former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA); 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

Ms. Carol  Atwood – Entrepreneur; Chair of King Arthur Flour; Board Member – Community Investment Partners (CIP), Calvert Foundation, New Paradigm Fund 

Mr. John A. Fraser – Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management; Member of UBS Group Executive Board; former Deputy Secretary (Economic) of the Australian Treasury

Mr. Robert H. Herz – 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

Mr. Abdallah S. Jum’ah – former President and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco); Board Member – Halliburton Company, American University (Cairo), Reliance International, Saudi Investment Bank

Mr. Mthunzi Mdwaba – 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)

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services; former Chairman of Anglo-American plc; former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group; Board Member – Accenture, Saudi Aramco; former Board Member, HSBC

Mr. Subramaniam Ramadorai – 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 

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, noted: “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.” 

Sunny Misser, Chief Executive Officer of AccountAbility, commented:  “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."

Misser became CEO of AccountAbility in June 2010 vowing to reinvent AccountAbility as the pre-eminent global CR research, standards and professional services firm.  “To achieve that goal,” Misser emphasized, “we need both vision and experience.  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 ‘mind and muscle’ is critical in shaping the sustainability agenda of the future while mainstreaming sustainability into business thinking and practice." 

The Advisory Council, together with the Interim Standards Board which provides oversight and guidance for the AA1000 Series of Standards, comprise the independent governance structure for AccountAbility. 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.  

About AccountAbility

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.

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. 

Media contact: Karl Pfalzgraf +1 646 495 1623

Discussion Paper on AA1000SES Wiki Process Published

September 23, 2011

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 “Innovation and Disillusionment in E-Democracy Projects: AccountAbility's Second Wiki-Based Consultation Process” is available to download here.

AccountAbility Moderates the IFC Sustainability Exchange

August 10, 2011

AccountAbility and the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, presented a three-day conference on “Community Investment Tools to Drive Business Performance” at the IFC Sustainability Exchange on June 28-30.  The conference assembled over 150 private sector and civil society professionals – most from leading oil, gas, and mining companies – to discuss ways companies can maximize the positive impact they have through sustainability investments in developing countries.

Steve Rochlin, AccountAbility’s Global Head of Advisory Services, moderated the conference.  Participants discussed and shared leading practices in the areas of royalty management, local procurement, and measuring returns on sustainability investments.  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 here.  The tool can be used to assist non-finance functions in improving assessments of community investment impacts on financial performance.  The tool allows companies to be as rigorous about valuing sustainability as they are about valuing other elements of financial performance and risk management.

Additional information about the conference can be found here.

(Photo L-R: Steve Rochlin, AccountAbility & Julio Rojas, PERU LNG)

AccountAbility Partners on Pharmaceuticals White Paper

August 09, 2011

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 “Taking Strategic Leadership: An Approach for Pharmaceuticals to Invest in Coordinated Patient Adherence and Access Strategies” is available to download here.

Minutes of the First Meeting of the Interim Standards Board

July 21, 2011
Anant Nadkarni, Chairman of the Interim Standards Board

The minutes from the first meeting of the Interim Standards Board are available to view here.

The agenda for the next meeting, to be held on the 26th of July is available here.

First Meeting of the Interim Standards Board

July 04, 2011

Dear Stakeholders,

I am pleased to announce that the first meeting of the Interim Standards Board is to be held this Wednesday the 6th July. 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 – encompassing the following areas:

Opening Remarks from AccountAbility CEO – Sunny Misser
Opening Remarks from Chairman of ISB + Personal Introduction
Introduction from members of the ISB
Functionality of the Board:
Housekeeping (Recurrence of ISB Meetings + Outputs required), Overall aims
Working Groups: Discuss proposed areas + confirm final 3 focus areas. Build a recruitment strategy
SES Finalisation:
Necessary Next Steps + Procedure for Board Approval
CSAP Program: Urgent Processing Required for Backlogged CSAP Applications
Round Up of Meeting + Next Steps: Proposed Meeting Timeline

I look forward to reporting back to you once the meeting has been held.

Kind Regards,

Kurt Ramin

AccountAbility Launches Strategy Seminar Series

June 28, 2011

AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization, has launched the AccountAbility Strategy Seminar Series.  These small, invitation-only events will provide Executives and Corporate Responsibility officers with the information and tools needed to enhance their company’s competitive business performance while meeting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance expectations of key stakeholders – AccountAbility calls this  Responsible Competitiveness™.

The first AccountAbility Strategy Seminar will take place on July 26th, 2011 in New York focussing on “Building a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy to Support Business Performance and meet Stakeholder Expectations”.

For more information and to register online, click here.

The AA1000 Series Successfully Launched in Poland

June 22, 2011

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’s Polish partner, organized the event in collaboration with Grupa TP. The conference was held under the auspices of the  Ministry of Economy. Kurt Ramin, new Director and Global Head of Standards at AccountAbility, was CSRinfo’s special guest.

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.

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’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.

The audience could also learn about the future development directions of AccountAbility’s AA1000 Standards first hand from Kurt Ramin, who was the keynote speaker.

The last speaker was Monika Kulik from Grupa TP, the largest Polish telecommunications firm, who is CSRinfo’s strategic partner in the “AA1000 in Poland” 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.

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.

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 “AA1000 Standards. Social responsibility tool. A guide for business”. 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.

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  prepared for a European wide discussion and implementation of CSR issues and AA standards".

"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  that transparent and trust-based stakeholder engagement contributes to the creation of social capital which is still 'work in progress'" in Poland, she added.

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: and dedicated services such as 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.

As of today, the Polish version of the AA1000 Standards and other conference material will be available for download from the Accountability website and on

For more information please contact:

Ewa Szul-Skjoeldkrona
+48 795 196 739

Photo (L-R): Monika Kulik, Grupa TP, Maciej Witucki, CEO Grupa TP, Kurt Ramin, Director of Standards AccountAbility & Liliana Anam, Manager of CSRinfo

Image credits to Jacek Wajszczak

AccountAbility and ISEAL Alliance Launch Scaling Up Strategy of the Sustainability Standards Movement

June 15, 2011

AccountAbility and the ISEAL Alliance 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.
The four goals of the strategy are:

-- Position credible standards systems as leaders in achieving sustainable development

-- Leverage the support of key external actors for scaling up

-- Increase producer and enterprise access to standards

-- Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of standards systems   

Download the Scaling Up Executive Summary here to learn more.

(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,  Forest Stewardship Council and ISEAL Alliance Board of Directors)

Interim Standards Board Announced

June 14, 2011

Note from Roger Adams, Chairman of Interim Standards Board Nomination Committee

June 14, 2011

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:

Anant G. Nadkarni, Chairman -- 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.

Professor Carol Adams -- 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.

Ted Grant -- 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.

Jason Perks – Director, Two Tomorrows, lead trainer on Standards courses since 2006; experienced AA1000 AS Assurer; current Member of AA1000APS/AS Technical Committee.

John Scade -- Specialist CSR consultant and qualified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner; translated the AA1000 APS & AS into Spanish following their revision in 2008; current Member of the AA1000 SES Technical Committee.

Terence Jeyaretnam -- Director Net Balance, Australia; LEAD Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner; experienced AA1000 AS Assurer, current Member of AA1000APS/AS Technical Committee.

Kurt Ramin – 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.

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.

I would like to thank my colleagues on the Nomination Committee – 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 – for their hard work and diligence in selecting such a distinguished Board.

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.


Roger Adams
Chairman, Nomination Committee

AccountAbility's Steve Rochlin Presents at the 2011 CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit

June 02, 2011

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."

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.

For more details, please see the notes from this session.

Terms of Reference for the Interim Standards Board Now Available

May 06, 2011

The Terms of Reference for the Interim Standards Board is available to view here. This takes into account comments made by the Chair of the Nominations Committee Roger Adams. Any further comments should be directed to .

Important Update on the Interim Standards Board

May 06, 2011

Please note that the deadline for applications to the Interim Standards Board has been extended to Monday the 16th May.  Applications should be sent via e-mail to by this date.

Kurt Ramin Article 'Natural Capital' Featured in Malaysian Accountant

May 05, 2011

Director of Standards for AccountAbility, Kurt Ramin, had his recent article 'Natural Capital: The Financial Sector & Financial Reporting - Catalyzing Action?' featured in the Malaysian Accountant. Download the article here.

Liv Watson Participating In IAFS Monthly Briefing on Trust

May 04, 2011

Liv Watson, Director of Research & 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.

Joining Liv will be Jordan Kimmel, a principal of Trust Across America, a thought leader and developer of the FACTS™ audit model for measuring trustworthy business behavior. Jonathan Salem Baskin, global brand strategist, speaker and author, moderates.

The event is free to join here.

Chair of Nomination Committee announces Interim Standards Board Nomination Committee Members

April 26, 2011

Note from Roger Adams on Nomination Committee

 I am very pleased to announce the following individuals have agreed to serve as members of the Interim Standards Board Nomination Committee:

Dr. Enrique Lahmann – global director of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network

Christian Dreyer – executive director, JP Morgan Switzerland, Chartered Financial Analyst and past president of the Swiss CFA Society

Richard Boele – founder and managing director of Banarra, an Australia-based sustainability consultancy, member of the LinkedIn AA1000 User Group Interim Executive Committee

Liv Watson – global head of Research and Development at AccountAbility, founder of XBRL international

Kurt Ramin – 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)  

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.  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.

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.  As a starting point it would seem sensible to establish preliminary criteria for candidates, such as:

--Familiarity with AccountAbility and the AA1000 Series of Standards

--Experience using the AA1000 Standards in an organisational context (as a preparer, user or assurer)

--Experience in setting and developing sustainability/accountability or other relevant standards

--Familiarity with best practices in organizational and standard setting governance

As agreed in the Statement of Principles recently drafted by the Technical Committee of the AA1000 SES and AccountAbility – all interested stakeholders of the AA1000 Standards are eligible to participate, including previous members of the Standards Board, Advisory Council and Technical Committees.   




AccountAbility Announces Call for Nominations to serve on AA1000 Interim Standards Board

April 06, 2011
Kurt Ramin

AccountAbility has issued an open invitation to all interested stakeholders to serve on an Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 Series of Standards. 

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.  The Interim Standards Board replaces the voluntary Standards Board which resigned earlier this year.  The decision to move ahead with an interim board was reached after a series of discussions with AA1000 stakeholders over the past several weeks.

Roger Adams, 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.

AccountAbility Director of Standards Kurt Ramin commented, “Establishing an independent governance structure is critically important in maintaining the legitimacy and credibility of the AA1000 Standards.  We are delighted that an individual of Roger’s stature has agreed to serve as chair of the Nominating Committee.” 

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.  Through a process of advice, support and challenge the Interim Standards Board will be responsible for setting and forwarding the Standards agenda and increasing its impact globally.

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  Nominations will be open to all interested stakeholders, including previous members of the Standards Board, Advisory Council and Technical Committees.

AccountAbility Listed on

April 01, 2011

AccountAbility has been listed on's new NPO page.

Liv Watson featured in's CR Debates

March 30, 2011 have asked a number of leading CR experts to weigh in on two hot CR topics. AccountAbility's Director of Research and Development, Liv Watson proposes the motion; 'XBRL will be vital for CR reporting' against Daniel Roberts.

You can read their full pieces, and weigh in yourself on's blog.

AccountAbility European Head appointed as a London Leader

March 24, 2011

Charles O’Malley, Head of Europe at AccountAbility, has been appointed one of 15 London Leaders for 2011 by the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC).
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 “London’s leading lights in sustainability” to deliver real change and to inspire others to do the same. “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,” said Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.
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’ London Leaders project here.

AA1000 Standards in IFAC Sustainability Framework 2.0

March 22, 2011

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 here.

US Chamber of Commerce to host Conference on Corporate Community Investment

March 10, 2011

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.

Attendees will learn:

-- How companies are incorporating CSR and sustainability principles into their energy, education, health care, and job creation solutions

-- How business, government and non-profits are collaborating in an unprecedented initiative to develop competitive, sustainable communities across America

-- A real-world update on the progress, challenges and opportunities businesses encounter when incorporating sustainability into their corporate culture and operations

Additional information can be found here.  

AccountAbility In the News

March 01, 2011

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 here.

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 here.

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 here.

Ethical Performace also featured two articles about AccountAbility in the March Edition. The main article can be found here and the analysis can be found here.

The International Standards Organisation Highlights AccountAbility in an ISO Focus Special Report

February 28, 2011

View the full report 'Building Bridges: Aligning SR Efforts for Greater Leverage' by Maria Lazarte here.

AccountAbility responds to AA1000 User Group Questions

February 23, 2011

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.  Our answers to the Group are provided here.

Comments on AA1000 SES Final Exposure Draft

February 21, 2011

Please find all comments received by AccountAbility here, furthering the release of the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard Final Exposure Draft. All those who commented are included in the document with; John Scade & Fundación ONCE (The Spanish Blind Association), Masao Seki, Christian Hell, Jamie Robertson and John Aston.

AccountAbility Management Response to Assurance Providers & Sustainability Practitioners

February 18, 2011

In response to a letter received by the AccountAbility Management Team from key stakeholders comprised of Assurance Providers and Sustainability Practitioners, please find AccountAbility’s Management Team Response here.

Director of Standards Response to AA1000 SES Technical Committee

February 18, 2011

In response to a letter received by the AccountAbility Management Team from the AA1000 SES Technical committee, please find AccountAbility’s response from Kurt Ramin, Director of Standards here.

AA1000 Stakeholder Outreach Call Summary

February 12, 2011
Kurt Ramin

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first, of what will be many, stakeholder outreach calls.

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.  You can be assured that sharing ideas and listening to each other will be a vital part of the way forward.  For those of you who were unable to join the call, we will be posting an audio recording of the call shortly.   (The slide presentation and audio recordings are available here.)

In the spirit of encouraging dialogue and stimulating debate, I’d like to outline some of the key themes Liv and I raised on the call and invite you to offer your perspectives:

1.  Strategy drives governance – We need to work with stakeholders to develop a strategic plan first, before making decisions on governance.

2. The Standards must be sustainable – Developing a self-funding model is critical to ensuring the long-term viability of the Standard.

3. The Standards must be transparent – An open, collaborative process will help ensure independence of the Standards.

4. The Standards need new blood – We need to include stakeholders who have not been previously been part of the process to encourage fresh thinking and re-energize AA1000.

In addition, we’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.

May I suggest we start the discussion with the first theme – Strategy drives governance – and then take up a different issue each week.

Liv and I look forward to hearing from you.


AccountAbility to Host Online Stakeholder Forum on AA1000 Standards and Research

February 01, 2011

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.

AccountAbility Welcomes Two Senior Leaders to its Global Management Team

January 12, 2011

AccountAbility is pleased to announce that two internationally-renowned experts in accounting, financial reporting, governance, and standards development have joined the senior management team.

AccountAbility on Twitter

December 15, 2010

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 #AAInsights.

AccountAbility and the Institute for Competitiveness Launch the India Responsible Competitiveness Awards

December 03, 2010

AccountAbility and the Institute for Competitiveness have partnered to launch the India Responsible Competitiveness Awards – 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.

AccountAbility Article on Integrated Reporting Featured in Harvard Business School Publication

November 18, 2010

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.

AccountAbility's contribution—"Integrating Integrated Reporting"—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.

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AccountAbility and Sunil A. Misser Featured in Ethical Performance

November 10, 2010

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.

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AccountAbility to Develop Bridging Document Between ISO26000 and the AA1000 Suite of Standards

November 02, 2010

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.

AccountAbility & Global Compact Research on Responsible Lobbying Featured in FT Sustainable Business Special Report

October 04, 2010

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.

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.

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MFA Forum agrees on final phase of work

July 22, 2010

The MFA Forum’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.

AccountAbility and Sunil A. Misser quoted in NY Stock Exchange Magazine

July 06, 2010

NY Stock Exchange Magazine features Sunny Misser in an article on ‘The Power of Green’. Misser is quoted saying;

“Companies now face new economic challenges, social pressures and environmental threats. There is a new normal — and it’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.”

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AccountAbility and Sunil A. Misser featured in Global Finance Magazine

July 02, 2010

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.

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AccountAbility Appoints Sunil A Misser as New Chief Executive Officer

July 01, 2010

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.