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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
These charts assist professional accountants in developing the competencies necessary for becoming a CFO.
What are the main requirements and expectations of CFOs and finance leaders in the modern economy? What are the implications on the requisite skills and competencies of accountants? These are some issues which IFAC’s discussion paper, “The Role and Expectations of a CFO”, seek to address and stimulate a global debate on as it prepares accountants for finance leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officers (CFOs). The paper also highlighted the changing expectations and scope of the CFO and finance leadership roles and the action professional accountancy organisations (PAOs) and employers can take to prepare professional accountants for finance leadership.
Re-envisioning the CFO as the Chief Future Officer
March 19, 2014 - AICPA Insights
This article discusses the traits of a data-enabled CFO.
This model aims to assist accountancy organisations in their development journey, irrespective of their current stage of development. It provides a roadmap to assist PAOs undertake an organisational self-assessment to identify opportunities for development, improvement and sustainable growth
This video series features CAs providing advice to help businesses no matter what stage they are at.
In this interview series by the ACCA, Brian O'Shea, CFO at ElectraLink, discusses the role and function of the CFO.
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April 22, 2015 - Journal of Accountancy
- The Five Influences on Future Finance
April 17, 2015 - City AM
- Shifting Gears by CFOs in Pakistan Perspective
March 16, 2015 - Pakistan Today
- ACCA Calls for Increase in Gender Diversity to Boost Business Performance
March 12, 2015 - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
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