We believe that accountability should be a dynamic and continuous process, not a ‘tick box’ exercise.

Following that ethos, we provide our members – and any other civil society organisations interested in becoming more dynamically accountable – with the tools and support they need to continuously reflect, learn, and adapt their work to deliver better impact.

Dynamic Accountability Reporting and Action Planning

Our dynamic accountability reporting process is designed as a way for organisations to internally reflect, publicly commit, and jointly advance accountability practices.

A focus on learning and action

Accountability reporting is about more than due-diligence and compliance, aimed at donors and governments.

We do things differently.

What makes Accountable Now’s reporting and action planning process unique?

  • A more agile form of reporting – driven by stakeholders’ needs
  • Streamlined set of questions
  • Space for organisations to drive their own accountability priorities and focus
  • Flexibility to external demands

About our Reporting Process

Our reporting process, co-created between Accountable Now, its members, the Independent Review Panel and external experts, follows a triennial cycle, designed to enable members to better see effects, impacts and results of

How often do organisations report?

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Submission of Core Report
Submission of Core Report
Submission of Core Report
Submission of Action Plan
Submission of Action Report
Submission of Action Report

An annual core report grants a panoramic glimpse into the organisation’s overall accountability practice, while a three-year action plan supports organisations to address priority areas. are reported on by all Tier 1 members annually. They enable a broad overview of accountability processes within an organisation in a particular year; responses to core questions provide a snapshot of where a member is at with their accountability practices overall. A common set of questions also ensures joint vision and commitment towards accountability across the membership.

Tier 2 and Tier 3 members can access the Core Report process, and feedback from the Independent Review Panel, at a discounted rate.

Reporting and the 12 Commitments

Accountable Now members sign on to, and report against, our 12 Accountability Commitments – a bold set of commitments that support organisations in living out their values and driving their missions to improve the lives of people and the planet.

The commitments define key actions in how organisations operate internally, their approach to change, and their progress towards achieving the change they want to see in the world.

Our members report annually to showcase their commitment to dynamic accountability, and our Independent Review Panel reviews and provides feedback.



The reporting process combines five core questions that show members’ joint commitment to dynamic accountability, and action plans/corresponding updates that enable members to focus on their own organisational accountability priorities. Each report submitted to Accountable Now is reviewed by our Independent Review Panel.

Our Independent Review Panel, composed of experts in human rights, business, academia and development, offers thorough feedback – rooted in values with dynamic accountability as the guiding principle.

Read our member's accountability reports

Reporting Guidance + Documents

Take a closer look at the documents that guide our members, Independent Review Panel, and Secretariat through the reporting process:

All you need to know about reporting and action planning, including an overview of the processes and cycle, reporting expectations, timeline, and more.

Information on the 5 Core Report Questions, plus guidelines for responses.

Overview of all Action Questions, plus mapping of the Core Questions and Action Questions.

Interested in learning more about how adopting the 12 Commitments can help your organisation advance its mission of helping people and the planet?

Meet the independent Review panel

History of our Reporting Process

Our Current Reporting Mechanism
Our current reporting process, co-created with members, places a greater emphasis on learning and improvement - moving away from compliance. We believe that this focus will enable organisations to be more open about their areas of improvement and gather feedback to learn from them. Additionally, a reduction in the reporting burden makes the process more inclusive for a wider range of organisations.
Adopting the Global Standard
In 2018, Accountable Now’s members formally adopted the 12 Commitments, and we shifted our framework to align fully with the Global Standard for CSO Accountability's framework. The result was a comprehensive framework that allows organisations to thoroughly reflect on their practices on a biennial basis.
A Public Commitment to Accountability
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) produces the world’s largest sustainability reporting framework including principles and indicators for their economic, environmental and social performance. Between 2008 and 2010, GRI was commissioned by Accountable Now to compile reporting guidelines for member organisations to ensure CSOs are fulfilling the same requirements we demand from governments and business. The guidelines focused on transparency, an important step towards ensuring accountability in terms of organisational operation.
2023 -
2018 - 2022
2010 - 2018

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