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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
by Gary Pflugrath, Director, Public Policy & Regulation, IFAC | August 15, 2014 |
The 2014 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting raised a number of globally relevant questions and issues, including preparing the future generation of accountants, corporate board responsibility, regulatory convergence, and US ethnocentrism in a globalized world. Read More
How Women Leaders Create the Future
by Claudia Zwart, President, Global Women Leadership Foundation | July 22, 2014 |
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.
- In Search of Finance and Accounting Talent
August 27, 2015 - CFO.com
- As Regulatory Costs Grow, the Accounting Chief’s Duties Add Up
August 27, 2015 - Wall Street Journal
- How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading
August 26, 2015 - Fast Company
- How to Respond When Someone Insults Your Profession
August 20, 2015 - Accounting Web
- Competent and Versatile: How Professional Accountants in Business Drive Sustainable Success
August 1, 2011 - IFAC