AccountAbility is expanding the accessibility of principled-based sustainability guidance with the release of German and Simplified Chinese Translations of its signature sustainability management framework and guidance document – the AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018).

The AA1000AP (2018) serves as the foundation of the AA1000 Series of Standards, and offers an informed update to the firm’s internationally accepted, principles-based approach to sustainability management for the 21st century. The AccountAbility Principles have been applied for over two decades by organizations of all sizes, and across industry sectors, to successfully identify, prioritize, and respond to sustainability challenges to improve their overall, long-term performance.

Developed by AccountAbility, the German version of the AA1000AP (2018) is peer-reviewed for quality by AccountAbility-licensed assurance provider DQS CFS, Germany. Dr. Thijs Willaert, Director of Sustainability at DQS CFS, shared, “The AA1000 Principles Standard helps organizations to build their sustainability strategy on a solid foundation and to focus their efforts on what truly matters. We felt it was important to make this standard available to a German-speaking audience and are happy to have made our contribution.”

The Simplified Chinese version of the AA1000AP (2018) was sponsored and translated by AccountAbility-licensed assurance provider CECEP Environmental Consulting Group Limited, Hong Kong and was peer-reviewed for quality by DQS, China.

Mr. Kevin Yang, General Manager of CECEP Environmental Consulting Group Limited, commented, «Assurance of ESG data has become accepted standard practice among global leading companies over the past decade, and the trend of steady growth in assurance is expected to continue in emerging markets with an increasing number of regulatory requirements as well as initiatives from the investor community. The AA1000 Series of Standards have contributed significantly to the positive momentum by empowering companies from all sectors to improve their ESG management and reporting, as well as enhancing the credibility of ESG disclosures for better investment decision-making. With the rapidly changing sustainability context, the AA1000 Series of Standards have been evolving to integrate the latest developments and innovations, AA1000AP (2018) being one recent update.CECEP Environmental Consulting Group Limited has been an active practitioner in this field and we are pleased to lead the Simplified Chinese translation of AA1000AP (2018) to help all organizations from Chinese speaking regions to ameliorate their ESG reporting practices and thereby upgrade overall management systems for a more sustainable global economy.»

Building off this release, additional translations in Portuguese and Spanish are expected from the firm in the months to come.

These translations, along with the AA1000AP (2018) and latest versions of other standards in the AA1000 Series of Standards, are available for free download at http://www.accountability.org/standards/.

Source: Account Ability