IFAC Consultation Paper Highlights Changing Roles and Employer Expectations of Professional Accountants in Business

Sep 02, 2010 | New York | English

The Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) today released for comment a Consultation Paper, Competent and Versatile: How Professional Accountants in Business Drive Sustainable Organizational Success, that highlights how employer expectations of professional accountants in business are expected to change in light of global trends and evolving organizational needs.

The paper analyzes these expectations in relation to eight drivers of sustainable organizational success—what companies need to do to achieve and sustain success in the changing global economic landscape. The drivers were defined based on an analysis of three long-term trends influencing organizations: globalization, complexity, and technology. The drivers provide the framework for key activities that professional accountants will be expected to perform. These activities are highlighted under the following four roles that form the cornerstones of the services provided by professional accountants: creators, enablers, preservers, and reporters of sustainable value. Previously defined in the proposed PAIB Strategy and Work Plan 2010-12, these roles have received wide support so far.

IFAC PAIB Committee Chair Roger Tabor commented, “This employer-based view of the expectations of professional accountants in business will help accountants prepare for the roles they will be expected to fill in the future. The world is changing, organizational needs are evolving, and professional accountants need to adapt their skills and competences to these changing requirements and circumstances. Our demand-driven approach will enable the global accountancy profession to ensure that its members are positioned to help drive their organization’s sustainable performance.”

The discussion questions that precede the Consultation Paper ask for feedback on, for example, the usefulness of developing an international competency framework that would cover the roles and domain of professional accountants in business, among other key topics.

Comments on the Consultation Paper are requested by November 30, 2010.

About IFAC
IFAC (www.ifac.org) is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 159 members and associates in 124 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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