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Independent Standard-Setting Boards
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.
The International Accounting Education Standards Board establishes standards, in the area of professional accounting education, that prescribe technical competence and professional skills, values, ethics, and attitudes.
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.
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Finance Leadership & Development
Professional accountants need to respond to the continually changing expectations of their organizations, the financial markets, and society. In addition, many accountants aspire to finance leadership roles, such as chief financial officer (CFO). As a result, they must fulfill their traditional responsibilities, while increasing their support of strategic and operational decision-making. Through education, life-long learning, and development, they must acquire the right mixture of skills, experiences, and attitudes, including leadership, strategy, business, management, and interpersonal skills. Read More
Throughout the accounting profession and beyond, women leaders play an important role in creating the future. The Global Women Leadership Foundation says women's skills begin with their formative experiences. Read More
Changing the World—The Role of Accountants
by Mario Abela, IFAC | July 2, 2014 |
Can professional accountants change the world? They have a lot to bring to the table—contributing to discussions about economic growth; managing finances and facilitating access to capital; promoting good financial management in government; and shining a light on the scourge of corruption. Read More
The “Scalable” CFO: Today’s Challenge
by Nick Shepherd, Certified Management Consultant and Professional Development Facilitation, EduVision Inc. | June 25, 2014 |
There is a “sea change” in the profession today being driven by a massive shift in the way in which value is created. Can accountants grow their capacity and capabilities and embrace this broader aspect of value creation? If not the space will be filled by others and the future of the profession might be in doubt. Read More
The ICAEW’s Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN®) strives to turn technical specialists into finance leaders who are able to maximize their boardroom impact.
A CFO’s Vision for 2020: Unleashing the Real Potential
by Dr. Murtaza Abbas Mooman, Chief Financial Officer, Siemens Engineering Pakistan Limited | April 25, 2014 |
Fast changing business dynamics require CFOs to recognize the need for transformation. The alternative is failure to deliver a sustainable organization and a sustainable career. Read More
- CFOs Say Keeping Up with Technology Is No. 1 Concern
June 25, 2015 - Accounting Web
- CFO Workshop by CA Sri Lanka
June 22, 2015 - The Nation
- Making Sense of Technology for CFOs: Sensible Suggestions to Prioritize and Decide
June 18, 2015 - CFO Innovation
- Helen Brand, Chief Executive of ACCA, Comments of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report, Non-Educational Barriers to the Elite Professions
June 17, 2015 - ACCA
- Competent and Versatile: How Professional Accountants in Business Drive Sustainable Success
August 1, 2011 - IFAC