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The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
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The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
|Global Knowledge Gateway||
Unethical business practices harm organizations and economies. Large-scale business failures such as Enron—as well as the more recent failures related to the global financial crisis—highlight the consequences of unethical business practices and amoral management. Professional accountants, as stewards of transparency and trust, and subject to a professional code of ethics, have a key role to play not only in upholding but in encouraging and influencing ethical behavior and decision making within their organizations. See the full overview.
by Tanya Barman, Associate Director, Ethics, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants | July 21, 2016
The intersection of human rights and business is an important emerging area that no business can afford to ignore, and assessing and addressing potential risk is clearly also a role for the professional accountant .
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Weaving Ethics into the Conversation: The IESBA Code and Ethical NormingWith an almost universal recognition of the connection between ethical behavior and economic growth, it is time for corporate leaders—and professional accountants—to stop lagging behind and pay attention.
by Tanya Barman, Associate Director, Ethics, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants | June 18, 2014
Ethics and TrustDoes the accountancy profession benefit from, or is it disadvantaged by, the focus on mistrust? The notion of trust for the profession brings to the fore the importance of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the Code)—both its...
by Gary Pflugrath, Director, Public Policy & Regulation, IFAC | June 2, 2014
Confidentiality versus Whistleblowing in the Public Interest—Debating the Responsibility of Professional AccountantsIn May-July 2014, the IESBA will be holding a series of three global roundtables to gain additional feedback on its project to address professional accountants’ responsibilities regarding the disclosure to an appropriate authority of...
by Paul Thompson, Director, European Federation of Accountants and Auditors for SMEs | April 17, 2014
How Best to Respond to Ethical Challenges in BusinessMost accountants in business and the public sector, whether working in a small organization or serving as the CFO of an international corporation, face ethical dilemmas during their professional careers.
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business and Integrated Reporting, IFAC | December 14, 2013
Ethical Leadership and Developing a Code of Conduct for OrganizationsIn a Compliance Week blog post, Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly commented that MF Global demonstrates all the worst ways that senior management can let "tone at the top" go wrong and cites three sentences taken from a post-mortem published by a...
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business and Integrated Reporting, IFAC | November 5, 2013
News and Resources
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IFAC Interactive Tool Profiles Accounting Rules in Member Countries
CCH Daily - August 26, 2016
Audit Exemption Thresholds in Europe
Fédération des Experts-comptables Européens – Federation of European Accountants - August 25, 2016
BNA INSIGHTS: Monitoring, Maintenance Are Vital in Ethics, Compliance Programs
Bloomberg BNA - August 17, 2016
Helping Accountants Do the Right Thing
Business Times - August 16, 2016
Bribery Risk to Small Firms as Exports Rise
The Telegraph - August 13, 2016
Auditor Independence Education Materials
College of Business at Illinois - August 10, 2016
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