Launch of AA 1000 Assurance Standard (AA 1000 AS)

The first international standard designed to ensure the credibility and quality
of corporate reporting on social, environmental and economic performance
launched in London at the end of March 2003. The standard has been developed
in response to growing investor concerns and pressure from campaigners for
greater corporate transparency.

Ian Hodgskinson, director of LRQA, comments: “We believe that this standard
will help benefit the integrity of independent assurance. In recent years
numerous approaches to evaluating reports have emerged but AA 1000 AS provides
a consolidated approach to the assurance process, contents of an Assurance
Statement and requires impartiality disclosure. In totality this permits
stakeholders to make informed decisions and allow a degree of comparability
between reports.”

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: Lloyd's Register Quaity Assurance