ACCA sets bold agenda for accountants on Earth Day

Professional accountants are especially well-placed to help change the world for the better

To mark Earth Day 2024, ACCA has identified five ways for professional accountants to make a positive impact in tackling issues such as climate change, social inequality and a widespread lack of trust.

Solving the biggest problems facing the world today is a challenge that faces all of us – not just governments and large organisations. ACCA believes that we all have an important role to play as individuals and that there are five key areas to focus on:

  1. Drive the sustainability agenda
  2. Understand the benefits of AI adoption
  3. Promote the importance of good ethics
  4. Advance an inclusive workplace culture
  5. Develop a continuous learning mindset.

ACCA president Ronnie Patton said: “A better, fairer and more sustainable world will only happen if we make it happen. ACCA believes that if we all work together, we can change the world. Professional accountants are perfectly placed to make practical and important contributions in shaping the safe, secure future which we all crave.”

Lloyd Powell, head of ACCA Cymru/Wales, said: “We’re excited about what can be achieved through the Green Growth Pledge. It is encouraging to hear so many people and institutions – including the Welsh Government – taking Earth Day so seriously. ACCA in Wales is keen to work with the private, public and third sectors to ensure Wales builds a sustainable future.”

ACCA is also hosting a free half-day conference on 22 April to explore how finance professionals can support the creation of sustainable organisations. ACCA experts Sharon Machado, head of sustainable business, and Jamie Lyon, head of skills, sectors and technology, will share how accountants can play their part at the heart of sustainable organisations of the future and ACCA’s Accounting for a Better World campaign.

In addition, ACCA will also be introducing a new Diploma in Sustainability later this year, bringing together high-quality learning support and assessments that will meet the emerging regulatory requirements for certification.

Read the agenda for action at

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