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IFAC Releases the Second Installment of "Exploring the IESBA Code"

An Informational Series to Promote the Code of Ethics

Jan 30, 2020 | English

IFAC today released the second installment of its Exploring the IESBA Code educational series: The Conceptual Framework – Step 1, Identifying Threats.

Exploring the IESBA Code is a twelve-month series providing an in-depth look at the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) (the Code). Each installment focuses on a specific aspect of the Code using real-world situations in a manner that is relatable and practical. Readers will gain a better understanding of the thought process behind more complicated areas of the Code through storytelling and expert analysis from professionals involved in developing the standards.

The first installment of the Series looked at the five Fundamental Principles of ethics, which establish the standard of behavior expected of all professional accountants. Compliance with these principles enable accountants to meet their responsibility to act in the public interest. This second installment highlights key aspects of the Code’s Conceptual Framework, which is an approach that all professional accountants are required to apply to comply with the five principles. The installment focuses on identifying threats and will be supplemented by two subsequent installments that will deal with evaluating and addressing threats.

A professional accountant can often come across complex or challenging situations that are not black and white. These challenging situations require ethical considerations, some of which are expressly dealt with in the Code. The unique and informational series was developed by IFAC in collaboration with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) to help explain how the Code assists in navigating some of these challenges.

To read and download this and future installments, visit the IFAC website.

The Exploring the IESBA Code was published by IFAC and does not form part of the Code. It is non-authoritative and is not a substitute for reading the Code.

For more information about the Code, please click here.