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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. Read More
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EU Audit & Independence Reform—Things to Know and Consider
December 10, 2015 - Audit Conduct
This focuses on the key independence provisions in the new Framework and provides high level suggestions of things to consider to help manage implementation of the rules.
What Do We Know about Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation?
August 28, 2015 - ICAS
Covers research from the major international markets and jurisdictions with experience of mandatory audit firm rotation. Issues considered include the impact, if any, of mandatory audit firm rotation on: audit quality, auditor independence, audit costs and audit market concentration.
Helps accountants understand the meaning of true independence and apply the latest rules to everyday practice. It includes a guide to independence, FAQs on the performance of nonattest services, and an Inadvertent Independence Violations Practice Tool should an unintentional violation of independence occur.
An article that considers the importance of independence in appearance as well as fact. It includes real-life examples of certain activities that may give rise to assertions of questionable independence in appearance and provides simple risk control principles to help accountants avoid these situations.
The independence of CPAs is the hallmark of the profession. As such, accountants put forth significant focus and effort to comply with independence requirements related to everything from investments to business and employment relationships to services delivered to clients. But being what accountants call independent in “fact” isn’t enough. CPAs also must be independent in appearance as well—a requirement detailed in various professional guidelines, including the AICPACode of Professional Conduct.
- Accountants, Auditors to Get a New Ethics Rule Book
July 12, 2016 - Wall Street Journal
- A Passion for Fighting Corruption
July 11, 2016 - Fraud Magazine
- Brazil’s New ‘Transparency’ Chief Falls in His Own Scandal
June 1, 2016 - International Business Times
- Improve Transparency, Values, Accountability to Defeat Corruption, Says Accounting Federation
May 19, 2016 - Bernama.com
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