20th World Congress of Accountants (WCOA)

Dates: 5 - 8th November

Location: International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia

A4S is the Sustainability Supporter fopr WCOA 2018.

Held every four years, World Congress of Accountants WCOA 2018 will bring more than 6,000 delegates from 130 countries together in Sydney, Australia.

This event’s theme is Global Challenges | Global Leaders, reflecting the accounting profession’s willingness to embrace change, disruption and to look beyond the horizon.

A4S is looking forward to taking part in this year's World Congress of Accountants.

Further information on A4S's involvement will be available soon, for information on the event please visit: https://wcoa2018.sydney/

A4S will be hosting a stand and conducting a survey during WCOA to gather information on the current attitudes, capabilities and responsibilities of the finance and accountancy profession around embedding sustainability into decision making.

A4S Executive Chairman, Jessica Fries is confirmed to lead the session, ‘Can accountants save the world? Strategy, decision-making and the UN Sustainable Development Goals’, on day one of the four-day global accounting and business event being held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney, Australia from 5-8 November 2018.

Jessica leads an impressive line-up of sustainability-focused expert speakers at WCOA:

  • Group Chief Risk Officer - Zurich Insurance Group, Alison Martin;
  • President and CEO - Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Joy Thomas, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, C. Dir.; and
  • Vice President, Research Guidance and Support - CPA Canada, Gordon Beal, CPA CA M.Ed.


"The risks from environmental, social and economic crises are clear to see - not just for our planet and society, but also the future resilience of the global economy. Finance leadership and innovation are essential to the changes needed to tackle these risks, and to create the businesses of tomorrow. The accountancy and finance profession are uniquely placed to create both sustainable and commercially viable business models."


Jessica Fries

“Sustainability and the impact of environmental, social and economic crises on the financial landscape, and all of us as citizens, are poignant topics on the WCOA program this year. We’re thrilled to have A4S as the Sustainability partner to help supercharge our collective thinking around sustainability best practice.” 

Simon Grant FCA, Head of Members, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand