AA1000 Assurance Standard


Twenty years ago, sustainability was a business nonessential; a decade ago, a passive investment. Today, sustainability is responsible business practice.

With expectations higher than ever before, assurance has become a business necessity. And AccountAbility has developed the solution of choice for sustainability leaders seeking assurance of their sustainability management, performance, and reporting.

The AA1000 Assurance Standard (AA1000AS v3) is the leading methodology used by sustainability professionals worldwide for sustainability-related assurance engagements, to assess the nature and extent to which an organization adheres to the AccountAbility Principles.

The AA1000AS v3 is a next generation standard for sustainability assurance that:

  • Offers Principles-based Guidance rooted in the AA1000 Accountability Principles (2018) of Inclusivity, Materiality, Responsiveness, and Impact.
  • Incorporates a Wide-angle, Integrated, and Forward-looking view of a company’s overall sustainability management, performance, and reporting practices.
  • Ensures Flexibility, Accessibility, and Applicability by any organization, of any size, in any industry, anywhere in the world.
  • Prioritizes the User Experience to be easy to read, simple to use, and clear in its objectives.

The AA1000AS v3 is administered through an e-licensing system for AccountAbility-licensed assurance providers. Visit https://elicensing.accountability.org to learn more.

For inquiries or clarifications, please write to: standards@accountability.org

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