The AA Assurance Standard (AA AS) is a standard for assessing and strengthening the credibility and quality of an organisation’s social, economic. The standard is often used in combination with the AA Assurance Standard ( AA AS), which forms the basis for third-party assurance. AccountAbility Assurance Standard: Sustainability Reporting & Verification AA is a publicly available framework for sustainability reporting.
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The standard is not only a commonly referenced framework for sustainability management, but also serves as the basis for external assurance on sustainability reports. The revision of the standard, to which DQS contributed as a member of the working group, has led to some important changes.
The purpose of the AAAP standard is to provide organisations with a practical set of guiding principles with which they can assess, manage, improve and communicate their sustainability performance.
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The standard is often used in combination with the AA Assurance Standard AA ASwhich forms the basis for third-party assurance on sustainability reports. Organizations that submit their sustainability report to external assurance in accordance with AA should be aware of the changes in the AA Principles, as those principles are the basis for the assurance process.
The previous version of the standard comprises three guiding principles:.
The focus is not on good intentions, but in identifying and measuring impacts in a manner that enables all stakeholders to take appropriate action. The standard, including a full description of the principles, can be downloaded from the AccountAbility website free of charge. For organizations that prepare their sustainability report in accordance with the GRI Standards, the addition of the fourth principle does not change much in terms of reporting requirements: For reports published before this date, however, organisations can continue to use the AAAPS if they prefer.
The Principles Organizations that submit their sustainability assurabce to external assurance in accordance with AA should be aware of the changes in the AA Principles, as those principles are the basis for the assurance process.
The previous version of the standard comprises three guiding principles: Inclusivity — People should have a say in the decisions that impact them.
Materiality — Decision makers should identify and be clear about the sustainability topics that matter.
Responsiveness — Organisations should act transparently on material sustainability topics and their related impacts. To this, a fourth principle has been added: Impact — Organisations should monitor, measure and be accountable for how their actions affect their broader ecosystems.
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Alignment with GRI Standards For organizations that prepare their sustainability report in accordance za1000 the GRI Standards, the addition of the fourth principle does not change much in terms of reporting requirements: What DQS can do for you. External assurance increases the transparency and credibility of sustainability reports and gives stakeholders the confidence that reports provide an accurate and complete picture of your sustainability performance.