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Global accountancy body in net zero first as profession steps up drive for sustainable future

Global accountancy body in net zero first as profession steps up drive for sustainable future
ACCA is delighted that its net zero targets have been verified by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), a step on its net zero journey. ACCA is working with its members, partners and the profession for a greener, sustainable future.

ACCA has become the first global professional accountancy body to have its net zero targets verified by the Science-Based Targets initiative.

The achievement highlights ACCA’s commitment to a sustainable future, and is part of its larger focus on equipping and upskilling the accountancy profession across the world to drive the changes needed in businesses and organisations to achieve this. 

Helen Brand, chief executive of ACCA, said: ‘The SBTi applies independent testing to net-zero targets in line with climate science, and we’re delighted that it has recognised our approach and targets. It’s a great step forward on our journey to net zero. 

‘The accountancy profession has a critical role to play in driving good business decisions and best practice that will create more sustainable businesses and a better, greener future for all.  

‘We’re working hard to drive this transition through our 773,000 members and future members in 181 countries and our work to influence policymakers. And it's important that we apply best practice in our own operations.’ 

ACCA is targeting a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2045, using science-based best practice. 

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling organisations to set science-based emissions reduction targets. It brings together experts to provide organisations with independent assessment and validation of targets. 

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About ACCA

We are ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), a globally recognised professional accountancy body providing qualifications and advancing standards in accountancy worldwide.   

Founded in 1904 to widen access to the accountancy profession, we’ve long championed inclusion and today proudly support a diverse community of over 247,000 members and 526,000 future members in 181 countries.    

Our forward-looking qualifications, continuous learning and insights are respected and valued by employers in every sector. They equip individuals with the business and finance expertise and ethical judgment to create, protect, and report the sustainable value delivered by organisations and economies.  

Guided by our purpose and values, our vision is to develop the accountancy profession the world needs. Partnering with policymakers, standard setters, the donor community, educators and other accountancy bodies, we’re strengthening and building a profession that drives a sustainable future for all.  

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