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ACCA crowned ‘best global professional body’ at international industry awards


07 Oct 2016


Euro & Finance
Innovation & Enterprise

Last night saw ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) scoop the hotly contested Professional Body of the Year award at the prestigious The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards in London.

ACCA pipped fellow nominees CIMA, CPA Canada, CPA Ireland and the IMA to win the award in front of a packed crowd of industry leaders at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in fashionable South Kensington.

On accepting the award, Alan Hatfield, ACCA’s executive director of strategy and development paid tribute to ACCA’s people around the globe.

‘I am particularly proud to accept this award on behalf of everyone at ACCA because it is in recognition of the breadth of the work our employees, members and students are doing right across the world.’

According to Alan Hatfield, ACCA’s integrated report was integral to winning the award, along with a host of key developments in learning and a new strategic alliance with CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).

‘Our integrated report illustrates the work ACCA does around the world and provides clear insight into our strategy, governance and performance and how ACCA works in the interest of the public in everything we do. As a resource, it ensures everything we do is transparent, accessible and understandable to all our stakeholders.

‘We are also especially proud of the key developments in education and learning we have launched this year, including the move to four exam sittings a year, the launch of the revolutionary ACCA-X online learning solution, and our unique global partnership with University of London on a Masters in Professional Accounting.

‘Lastly, in the true spirit of internationalism, our new strategic alliance with CA ANZ creates a stronger voice on behalf of our combined 788,000 current and next generation professional accountants.’

It is the global nature of the award that makes winning it all the more special says Alan Hatfield;

‘As a global body, winning a truly international award is all the more satisfying. It will take pride of place at our new office in The Adelphi – although I feel it should really go on a tour of each of our 100 offices around the world as every one of them played a part in winning it!’

As well as winning the award for Professional Body of the Year, ACCA also received nominations for ‘Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year’ for its flagship research project ‘Professional accountants – the future’ and ‘Capacity Building Champion of the Year’ for its pioneering work in international development.

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Notes to Editors


About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.


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