The objectives of the Technology initiative are to:
(a) Identify potential ethical implications of technology developments on the robustness and relevance of the fundamental principles and independence standards,
including both challenges to compliance with requirements under the Code as well as ways in which technologies could be used to support and enhance compliance.
The WG will assess these implications in the context of both professional accountants in business and professional accountants in public practice.
(b) Develop proposed responses to address the ethical implications identified in (a). Possible responses might include revisions or amendments to the Code;
publishing non-authoritative material; convening or co-sponsoring discussion forums (e.g., Webinars, Roundtables); or any combination of these approaches.
(c) Identify specific outreach and partnership opportunities to share knowledge and to promote the Code as an effective tool for professional accountants to refer to
in addressing ethics issues related to the use and effects of technology on their professional activities.
IESBA September 2020 Meeting Highlights
The IESBA continued its deliberations on proposed approaches to progress the seven identified recommendations within the approved project proposal and the highlighted areas of overlap between the recommendations. The IESBA was also briefed on input received from the IESBA Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) and a broad range of stakeholders to help the Task Force progress its work on the recommendations.
Among other matters, the IESBA considered Task Force proposals and identified options regarding the topics of: the critical role of ethics and professional judgment (R1); the complexity of the professional environment (R2); transparency (R3); accountability (R4); privacy and confidentiality (R5); enabling skills and competencies (R6); and auditor independence (R7).
The IESBA will continue its deliberations in relation to the Technology project in December 2020.