Global accounting community

A4S's core objectives are only achievable through the vital support we receive from the global accounting community. This community includes the large global accounting firms, institutes and bodies.

A4S and the accounting community

Leveraging the combined influence of this community provides a unique opportunity to scale up and disseminate best practice. This can be done through engagement, thought leadership, and integration into training and professional development.

The Accounting Bodies Network (ABN) was established in 2008 and brings together bodies from around the world with a joint membership of almost two million accountants from 176 countries.

A4S also works closely with the big four accountancy firms who have provided support and resources for projects.


The role of the accounting community

A4S's Accounting Bodies Network has identified five principle areas where the accounting community can make a large impact on the future of sustainable accounting:

  • Influence and inform
    Promote accounting for sustainability and the benefits of “integrated thinking”
  • Lead by example
    Embed accounting for sustainability within accounting bodies’ strategies and operations
  • Drive thought leadership
    Increase the understanding of good sustainability practices by commissioning and participating in work related to accounting and sustainability
  • Collaborate
    Share learning and experience with others and to work together to advance better accounting
  • Training and professional education
    Incorporate sustainability into training programmes for employees, suppliers, students, members and others, in professional and academic qualifications and in professional development requirements


How the accounting community can get involved

There are plenty of ways for the accounting community can become involved in shaping the future of finance, first steps include:

  • Sending CFO Leadership Network guidance to members, clients and partners
  • Talking to A4S about incorporating accounting for sustainability in education and training
  • Supporting A4S projects