Date posted: 26/09/2018 3 min read

Is sustainability integrated into the education of professional accountants?

Share your experiences and insights in this survey.

In Brief

  • Chartered Accountants ANZ are a member of the Accounting Bodies Network of A4S.
  • The ABN have a project to analyse where sustainability is currently present during lifelong learning and where the gap lies.
  • Please share your experiences and insights in our survey.

The Integration of Sustainability in the Education Journey of the Professional Accountant

This survey is part of a project of the Accounting Bodies Network (ABN) of The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S).

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes and all outputs will be anonymous, should you chose.

We would like to hear stories about your experiences, and responses from your own perspective; optional comments boxes are available after every question for this purpose.

Why are we asking you to respond to the survey?

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are a foundation member of the ABN and are participating in this project.

The purpose of this survey is to gather and analyse perspectives of where sustainability is currently present in the lifelong learning of the professional accountant and where the gaps are.

This survey is designed to gain the opinions of our stakeholders at every stage of the education of the professional accountant's career span to identify and evaluate where sustainability is integrated currently

Why is CA ANZ participating in the project?

As members of the ABN we have signed up to five principles on sustainability.

  1. Influence and inform
    To promote accounting for sustainability and the benefits of integrated reporting (reporting that connects an organization's sustainability with its financial performance more clearly, concisely and consistently).
  2. Lead by example
    To embed accounting for sustainability within our own organizations strategy and operations.
  3. Drive thought leadership
    To increase understanding of good sustainability practices by commissioning and/or participating in work related to accounting for sustainability.
  4. Collaborate through the International Network
    To share learning and experience with the International Network and to work together to advance better accounting for sustainability.
  5. Incorporate accounting for sustainability within training and professional education
    To incorporate accounting for sustainability in training programmes for employees, suppliers, students, members and others, in professional and academic qualifications and in professional development requirements.

What do 'we' mean by sustainability?

For the purpose of analysing this survey, sustainability is defined by the vision of the world to achieve the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). This vision is of a world of prosperous, inclusive and resilient economies, based on fair and just societies, delivered within what nature can afford and underpinned by good governance and strong partnerships.

How can you help?

Please let us know what you think. We would like to hear stories about your experiences, from your own perspective; we value your insights and so we have included optional comment boxes if you would like to tell us more.