ESG consulting and standards firm AccountAbility and sustainability-focused digital education platform Earth Academy announced today the launch of a self-paced AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018) course on the Earth Academy digital platform.

The AA1000AP (2018) is an internationally accepted, principles-based framework that guides organizations through the process of identifying, prioritizing, and responding to sustainability challenges, with the goal of improving long-term performance. The new CDP-certified, practitioner-level course will detail how to apply the fundamentals of sustainability management rooted in the AccountAbility Principles of Inclusivity, Materiality, Responsiveness, and Impact. The course is designed to support sustainability professionals who are responsible for sustainability report writing and/or assurance.

Sunil A. Misser, Chief Executive Officer of AccountAbility, said:

“We are pleased to launch this course, in partnership with Earth Academy, to expand the global awareness and application of the AccountAbility Principles of Inclusivity, Materiality, Responsiveness, and Impact. As sustainability has become increasingly more central to the global corporate agenda, training the next generation of business practitioners will help more organizations advance large-scale, integrated, and impactful ESG change.”

AccountAbility’s AA1000 Standards are used by organizations to guide their approach to sustainability strategy, governance, and operations management. The new course provides information about the evolution of AccountAbility, overviews the AA1000 Series of Standards, and presents the four principles and how to apply them in practical sustainability settings.

Stefaan van Hooydonk, Dean of Earth Academy, said:

“We are very excited to launch the AccountAbility Principles course together with AccountAbility. Sustainability management is increasingly becoming an area of focus for many organizations. The four AccountAbility Principles provide practical guidance on how to develop an accountable approach to sustainability performance. This self-paced course provides strong understanding of the principles in an enjoyable and interactive way.”

According to AccountAbility and Earth Academy, future courses on the AA1000 Series of Standards, including a deep-dive into AccountAbility’s Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES, 2015), are planned for later in 2021.