New Action Plan Supports Robust Anti-Corruption Ecosystem
Today, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) issued its action plan to enhance the accountancy profession's contribution to, and support of, a robust anti-corruption ecosystem encompassing a diverse array of participants and policies. The Action Plan for Fighting Corruption and Economic Crime sets out more than 30 specific actions for IFAC and the accountancy profession related to education, evidence-based policy, global standards, partnership, and thought leadership.
“Corruption and related economic crimes, such as money laundering, bribery, tax evasion and fraud, are significant obstacles to economic growth and human development and, ultimately, to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals—all seventeen of them,” said IFAC CEO Kevin Dancey. “Our Action Plan illustrates some time tested and some new ways that make it clear that the global accountancy profession is a central ally in the fight. We look forward to working with our member organizations and other partners to make a real difference and drive positive change.”
The Action Plan embodies an enhanced commitment by the accountancy profession to fighting corruption, as well as economic crime more broadly. It harnesses the profession’s reach across public practice, business, and the public sector to both contribute directly to the fight against corruption and indirectly by supporting integrity and transparency in business and government, as well as effective global and domestic policymaking.
The Action Plan was developed with extensive engagement across IFAC’s 180 member organizations, as well as our advisory groups, network partners, and other key global organizations. Taking inspiration from the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession, the Action Plan was developed in close coordination with the IBA, with whom we will continue to coordinate to help bring increased energy to this important work.
IFAC 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 180 members and associates in 135 jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.