How We Work

Our Approach

Corporate accountability doesn’t just happen; it emerges through an intentional and functioning accountability ecosystem built by a range of different stakeholders coming together to form a tight web of accountability.
At the Accelerator, we support the accountability ecosystem by pulling four strategic levers. Our grantmaking and convening is structured around these levers into what we refer to as clusters. Each cluster is led by a Director with deep experience in their field:

Data & Standards

Advancing standardized, transparent reporting on nature impacts, pushing for credible data access and empowering stakeholders with insights to ensure just, nature-positive corporate action

Data & Standards

Advancing standardized, transparent reporting on nature impacts, pushing for credible data access and empowering stakeholders with insights to ensure just, nature-positive corporate action

Dean Cambridge

Director of Data and Standards Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Legal

Building the legal architecture to push for policy changes and driving decision-making away from corporate actions that are harmful for nature and people.

Legal

Building the legal architecture to push for policy changes and driving decision-making away from corporate actions that are harmful for nature and people.

Seema Joshi

Director of Legal Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Finance & Investors

Coordinating and mobilizing the finance sector to take action by providing tools, standards, guidance and technologies enabling measurement, tracking, accounting, and valuation of ecosystem services and putting pressure on FIs to act.

Finance & Investors

Coordinating and mobilizing the finance sector to take action by providing tools, standards, guidance and technologies enabling measurement, tracking, accounting, and valuation of ecosystem services and putting pressure on FIs to act.

Miriam Van Gool

Director of Finance Sector Engagement, Accountability Accelerator

Campaigns

Incentivizing and pushing for corporate action by enabling the power of local and global stakeholders such as communities, NGOs, educators, journalists, employees, artists, activists, and youth.

Campaigns

Incentivizing and pushing for corporate action by enabling the power of local and global stakeholders such as communities, NGOs, educators, journalists, employees, artists, activists, and youth.

Natasha Tariq

Director of Campaigns Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Connecting Global & Local

The accountability landscape for corporate sustainability is highly fragmented, with many gaps in data and standards, lack of coordination, and disconnects between different actors working in different regions of the world. This disconnect is especially evident between corporations, which plan and strategize at a global level, yet can be disengaged from the local where the impacts of their supply chains are most acutely felt.

We place people and nature at the center of our work. Understanding that it is those who are close to the issues and those who work directly with local groups who are guiding the solutions, the Accountability Accelerator recognizes the importance of working with indigenous peoples and local communities as stewards and guardians of nature and biodiversity.

We endeavor to elevate local communities and organizations regionally across South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, where protecting these regions and the urgency of safeguarding them and their critical ecosystems is imperative. Mobilizing these guardians, understanding the intricacies of how they engage with nature, and hearing their voices on how to safeguard nature is key to shifting towards a nature positive future with healthy livelihoods for those who live amongst nature.

By working together with indigenous peoples and local communities to shape the structures and systems that influence their daily lives, in ways that reflect their own values and worldviews. This how we will create possibilities for large-scale systemic change and catalyse and enable positive change in supply chains and corporate behavior.

 

 

Who We Work With

Stakeholder engagement is one of the key ingredients for the Accountability Accelerator’s success. We have funded & partnered with more than 100 accountability stakeholders and are engaged with over 200 more.

Our stakeholder wheel illustrates the wider community of actors, especially from the Global South. The Accountability Accelerator engages with these stakeholders: as direct beneficiaries of grants, as partners, as agents of influence, or the agents of change that can catalyze corporate accountability.