IESBA Plans Roundtables—Enhancing Ethics Standards for Professional Accountants

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Jan 09, 2014 | New York, New York | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA, the Ethics Board) is holding a series of three global roundtables to gain additional feedback on its project to address professional accountants’ responsibilities regarding the disclosure to an appropriate authority of suspected non-compliance with laws and regulations (formerly called suspected illegal acts) by a client or employer:

  • Hong Kong S.A.R, China, on May 20, 2014;
  • Brussels, Belgium, on June 13, 2014; and
  • Washington DC, USA, on July 10, 2014.

The Ethics Board initiated the project in response to regulatory concerns that the current confidentiality provisions in the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the Code) are an impediment to whistleblowing in relation to non-compliance or suspected non-compliance with laws and regulations. The issues revolve around how to balance professional accountants’ responsibility to act in the public interest against confidentiality, one of the five fundamental principles in the Code. At the heart of the debate is what is reasonable to ask of auditors and other professional accountants within their public interest mandate.

These events are a follow-up to the board’s August 2012 Exposure Draft, which described the circumstances in which a professional accountant would be required or expected to breach confidentiality and disclose the matter to an appropriate authority. The roundtables will bring together representatives from a broad range of stakeholder groups around the world, including regulators, investors, preparers, audit committee members, IFAC member bodies, firms and national standard setters, to share their perspectives on the Ethics Board’s indicative direction of its revised proposals on the topic.

As space is limited, attendance is by invitation only, which will follow shortly. If you are interested in participating, we invite you to submit your expression of interest via email to by January 31, 2014, indicating your name, job title, organization and preferred location.

About the IESBA
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA, the Ethics Board) is an independent standard-setting board that develops and issues, in the public interest, high-quality ethical standards and other pronouncements for professional accountants worldwide. Through its activities, the Ethics Board develops the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, which establishes ethical requirements for professional accountants. The structures and processes that support the operations of the Ethics Board are facilitated by IFAC. Please visit for more information.

About IFAC
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 179 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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