1. Coordination with the IAASB – Third Annual IAASB/IESBA Plenary Meeting
IAASB and IESBA Pledge Stronger Alliance at Third Annual Joint Plenary Meeting
In September 2019, New York City played host to the Third Annual Joint IAASB/IESBA Plenary Meeting, in a coordination effort between the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and the IESBA.
Building on their overarching commitment for enhanced connectivity and coordination to better serve the public interest, the boards explored in particular how to better achieve “joined-up thinking” at a strategic level.
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2. Watch and Learn! International Webinar on Proposed Changes for Role and Mindset Expectations
The IESBA recently hosted a webinar to help stakeholders understand the recent proposed Code of Ethics changes to promote role and mindset expectations of all professional accountants. Listen to IESBA Deputy Chair Richard Fleck share an overview of the proposed revisions.
Comments to the Exposure Draft, Proposed Revisions to Promote the Role and Mindset Expected of Professional Accountants, were due on October 31, 2019. Thank you to all who shared their insights.
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3. Global Ethics Webinar; Explaining the Newly Effective Code of Ethics
During the webinar, the IESBA representatives will explain the Code’s new structure; as well as the substantive revisions, including enhancement to the conceptual framework and provisions relating to inducements, including gifts and hospitality; pressure; and preparing and presenting information. The webinar will also touch on the new Non-compliance with Laws and Regulation (NOCLAR) and revised Long Association provisions; as well as the IESBA’s new eCode which was launched in June 2019.
Wednesday November 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM SST (Singapore Standard Time)
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4. IFAC and IESBA introduce new websites
You may have noticed something different during your most recent visit to ifac.org. IFAC has a new website, which includes a fresh look and tailored functionality for the IESBA.
Improved user experience was central to the new site, which features a bold new design, more engaging content and easier navigation. The Knowledge Gateway has been substantially re-imagined to include all of IFAC’s content and the key focus areas are now color-coded throughout the site, making it easier to discover new, relevant content.
In an effort to be more responsive to the needs of the boards, i’s now easier to find, follow and respond to calls for input. Also, if you’re looking for a new handbook from a standard-setting board, they’re now prominently featured and easily accessible.
5. Tax Planning
The Board approved Terms of Reference for its Tax Planning and Related Services Working Group. The multi-phased initiative will focus on engaging with a broad range of stakeholders as part of information gathering activities in Phase 1.
The IESBA anticipates considering the Working Group’s final report in Q3 2020, which will inform the IESBA’s future work and deliverables in relation to this strategic initiative.
6. Part 4B Alignment to ISAE 3000
The Board unanimously approved for issuance, subject to approval by the PIOB, proposed changes to Part 4B of the Code, Independence for Assurance Engagements other than Audit and Review Engagements, to align it to changes to terms and concepts in the IAASB’s International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (Revised), Assurance Engagements Other Than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information.
7. 7. International Compliance Forum, 24-25 February 2020, Amsterdam, Netherlands
IMH, in association with ICA, will hold the International Compliance Forum to discuss the latest developments and trends in corporate governance, as well as address the current challenges facing the global compliance & ethics community. The forum is intended to facilitate discussions on the benefits of compliance management in business and more importantly, the return on investment of compliance.
The International Compliance Forum will welcome a number of high caliber international speakers who will discuss how the compliance function has progressed over the years and exchange views on how organizations can use their compliance function to enable change and enhance their competitiveness.
IESBA Chairman Dr. Stavros Thomadakis will be one of the distinguished speakers at the Forum.
8. Upcoming IESBA Meeting Dates
December 3 - 6, 2019 | IFAC Offices, New York
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Read the minutes and working papers for all our IESBA meetings. They’re a great information source about project progress and how we support and protect the public interest.
9. Recent and Upcoming Outreach Activities
November 2019 | China | Regulators, firms and other stakeholders
November 2019 | Webinar on the revised and restructured Code for Asia Pacific stakeholders, in association with the ASEAN Federation of Accountants
November 2019 | USA | 35th Annual SEC Reporting & FASB Forum
November 2019 | Romania | Committee of European Audit Oversight Bodies (CEAOB)
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