Public consultation on the latest AA1000 AccountAbility Principles to open in late-January 2017

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LONDON – NEW YORK, 12th January 2017:

AccountAbility will open the latest revision of the AccountAbility Principles, the AA1000AP (2017) for public consultation on the 26th of January 2017. Upon completion of the public consultation and consideration of feedback received, the AA1000AP (2017) will be updated, finalised and replace the current AA1000 AccountAbility Principles Standard (AA1000APS 2008) as the core foundation and “Guiding Principles” of the AA1000 series. The AA1000AP (2017) may be used and referenced immediately after the release date in 2017.

The AA1000 series are practical and widely applied tools for integrating and embedding sustainability and accountability into the governance and performance of organisations of all sizes, in all regions of the world.

The AA1000AP (2017) will provide a strong, relevant and auditable principles-based framework for organisations to inclusively identify, prioritise and respond to its sustainability challenges. Along with the AA1000 Assurance Standard (AA1000AS), which is also undergoing a revision process and will be released later in 2017, the refreshed AA1000 series will reflect the rapid evolution of the sustainability marketplace in recent years. The AccountAbility Standards and Guiding Principles incorporate current and future sustainability thinking and align with other relevant sustainability frameworks, leading practices, local guidelines / standards related to sustainability, and regulatory requirements.

Feedback is being solicited from all interested stakeholders regarding their views on the Draft AA1000AP (2017) prior to finalisation. The public consultation will be conducted through an online platform – collaborase.com – to facilitate participation from the wide global stakeholder base of the AA1000 series, during a period of two weeks. Chair of the AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP) Working Group, Mr. Murray Sayce, Principal, Ramboll Environ commented, “The assembled working group of global sustainability experts is encouraged by the shift in direction of the AA1000AP in keeping pace with changes across the accountability and transparency agenda. Whilst the fundamentals do, and should, remain the same, a revised outlook is important to ensure compatibility and consistency in delivering organisational performance. The process will now benefit from external consultation which will greatly assist the Standards Board and the Working Group in finalising the new framework.”

Stakeholders wishing to contribute feedback on the draft AA1000AP (2017) will have from 26th January until 9th February 2017 to access the proposed document via the Collaborase web platform. More information will be made available on the AccountAbility website and via standards@accountability.org

We thank you for your valuable engagement in this process.