Advancing the 2030 Agenda and UN SDGs: can accounting professionals contribute?

Dimitris Andriosopoulos, Andrea Zdanaviciute

Research output: Other contribution


Aligning 1.1% (US$4.2trn) of US$379trn of global financial assets with the SDGs is needed to fill the SDG financing gap.

Over US$30trn of financial assets under management globally are labelled ‘sustainable finance’; it is unknown how much is ‘SDG washing’.

Accounting professionals are uniquely positioned to lead on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both through their role in organisations and their skillset.

There is a clear need for strategic and integrated approach to the SDGs: accounting professionals can help with the implementation of SDGs throughout organisations.

High quality CPD can be undertaken for increased understanding of sustainability and impact.

Accounting professionals can do their part to contribute by engaging with the UNDP and Higher Education institutions, among others.
Original languageEnglish
TypeOnline article on sustainability
Media of outputweb page
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2021


  • ESG
  • greenwashing
  • SDGs
  • accounting profession
  • UNDP
  • materiality
  • sustainable development
  • sustainable finance
  • SDG Impact Standards


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