Leading companies, assurance practitioners, government bodies, civil society organisations, and research institutes collaborate with us to co-create rigorous and widely applicable tools and analysis to push forward both the debate and practice of accountability.

Working with AccountAbility on research enables organisations to advance their own learning, show leadership in public debate on accountability, influence the development of tools and standards, work with others to develop solutions to shared problems and demonstrate and validate their own approach to key issues.

Organisations collaborate with us on research by:
  • Partnering with us in developing original research

  • Contributing insights and case study material to collaborative studies

  • Piloting new frameworks such as the Partnership Governance and Accountability Framework and the Materiality Famework

  • Acting as a peer reviewer for relevant research

Our research partners have included: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, United Nations Global Compact, USAID, The Clinton Global Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council, Shell Foundation, Harvard University CSR Initiative, Business for Social Responsibility, Boston College, Oxford Research (Denmark), CSR Europe (Belgium), Wuppertal Institut (Sweden), Ashridge Business School (UK), Brody, Weiser, Burns (USA), Instituto Ethos (Brazil), New Economics Foundation, (UK), EPPA (Belgium), Global Reporting Initiative, The Copenhagen Centre, Gesi, FTSE (UK), and others.

Funding for our research comes both from groups of participating companies, in particular from AccountAbility members who play a part in developing our research programs and from foundations such as the Ford Foundation; and professional associations like the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. AccountAbility is also recipient of governmental funding for research including the UK Department of Trade and Industry and the European Commission.