Standards

AccountAbility’s AA1000 Series of Standards are principles-based frameworks used by global businesses, private enterprises, governments, and other public and private organizations to demonstrate leadership and performance in accountability, responsibility, and sustainability.

For over two decades, organizations large and small, private and public, have come to rely on AccountAbility’s standards to guide their approach to sustainability strategy, governance, and operations.

AccountAbility is recognized as a Framework Developer in the World Economic Forum's ESG Ecosystem Map, acknowledging the impact of the AA1000 Series of Standards in advancing large-scale, integrated, and focused ESG change.

The AA1000 Series of Standards include simple, practical, and easy-to-use frameworks for:

  • Developing, analyzing, and implementing sustainability initiatives (AA1000AP, 2018)
  • Creating and conducting inclusive sustainability-related stakeholder engagement practices (AA1000SES, 2015)
  • Assuring credibility in reporting on progress toward sustainability goals (AA1000AS v3)

All three AccountAbility AA1000 Standards are available for free download at the links below.

AA1000 AccountAbility Principles


AA1000AP, 2018

AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard


AA1000SES, 2015

AA1000 Assurance Standard


AA1000AS v3

Governance

The AccountAbility AA1000 Series of Standards was developed using a broad-based, global, and multi-stakeholder process overseen by a dedicated Working Group comprised of experts from a range of stakeholder organizations, geographies, and subject areas. The AA1000 Working Groups in turn support a core AccountAbility team in the development of clear, relevant, easy-to-apply, and principles-based guidance for organizations working toward sustainability.

The AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board frames the vision, approves the 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.

More information about the members of the AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board can be found here.

Licensing & Training

All assurance providers wishing to use the AccountAbility Assurance Standard (AA1000AS v3) commercially are required to become licensed through signing a licensing agreement with AccountAbility. Each licensed assurance provider is assigned a license number, with a specific logo, which can then be used by the assurance provider, indicating adherence to the license requirements including demonstrating competence.

For more information on becoming a licensed assurance provider, contact standards@accountability.org.

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