IFAC FOCUS AREAS
- Accountability. Now.
- Adoption of International Standards
- Developing the Global Profession
- Global Representation and Advocacy
- Professional Accountants in Business
- Small and Medium Practices
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. See the full overview.
The “Anticipatory Accountant” and demonstrating personal accountability in leadership were among the key themes discussed at Digital CPA in Las Vegas—the IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway team provides coverage of the speakers and trends.
There are 102 articles
The Role of Professional Accountants in the Proper Functioning of Taxation SystemsThere has been much recent debate in many sectors of the economy and among politicians about the role of taxation in society, the extent to which tax planning is appropriate, and taxpayer behavior.
by Russell Guthrie, Executive Director, Professional Relations, and CFO, IFAC | September 30, 2014
Issuing a Challenge to the Profession: Preparing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Educators and Researchers in Emerging EconomiesScholars in emerging economies begin their careers as accounting educators and researchers with excitement and high aspirations. They eagerly accept the challenge of educating future generations of accounting professionals in developing countries.
by Professor Katherine Schipper, Thomas F. Keller Professor of Accounting, Duke University, and Professor Donna Street, Mahrt Chair in Accounting, University of Dayton | August 19, 2014
Global Engagement and the Future of the Profession: Reflections from the AAA Annual MeetingThe 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...
by Gary Pflugrath, Director, Public Policy & Regulation, IFAC | August 15, 2014
Governments Can't Expect Others to Do What Only They Can—They Must Step Up and Cooperate on TaxationFew people would argue that a key objective of a sound and effective taxation system is to strengthen the public’s confidence that revenue authorities are collecting what is due and payable, and organizations and individuals are paying the amount...
by Russell Guthrie, Executive Director, Professional Relations, and CFO, IFAC | August 5, 2014
How Women Leaders Create the FutureThroughout 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.
by Claudia Zwart, President, Global Women Leadership Foundation | July 22, 2014
News and Resources
There are 1069 news/resources
Finance Pros Feeling More Confident in Economy
Accounting Today - July 25, 2016
CFOs Turn to Consultants as Challenges Mount
Wall Street Journal - July 25, 2016
New IFAC Research Report Demonstrates Positive Association between Business Performance and Use of Accountants
IFAC - July 22, 2016
How Blockchain Will Impact Accountants and Auditors
Economia - July 22, 2016
Accountants Must Rebrand Themselves
Economia - July 21, 2016
Desire to Learn, Interpersonal Skills Most Coveted Traits According to CFOs
Accounting Today - July 21, 2016
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