| As the global voice of the accountancy profession, IFAC releases Points of View (POVs) on key policy issues impacting the accounting profession and the whole of society. These POVs are well-researched tools available for anyone to use in gaining an understanding of crucial topics affecting our world and potentially influencing policies that affect us all.
To make its POVs more accessible to its global constituency and their stakeholders, IFAC has published all seven of its POVs, originally only available in English, into four additional languages: Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish.
„From improving public sector transparency with data-driven decisions to providing investors with high-quality and trustworthy sustainability information, these POVs cover a broad range of topics of critical importance to professional accountants worldwide,” said Kevin Dancey, IFAC CEO. “These translations will improve the ability of professional accountants to make an impact in their companies and jurisdictions.”
The topics covered in the POVs are:
Enhancing Corporate Reporting: Corporate reporting should capture all relevant information about organizations. However, investors and other stakeholders are demanding more, higher-quality information and insights about company performance, risks, opportunities, and long-term prospects, especially with respect to sustainability-related matters, than are available from the conventional financial reporting process.
Greater Transparency and Accountability in the Public Sector: This POV explores how governments can use the resources they have to have to make informed, data-driven decisions with strong governance and public financial management (PFM) and how the accountancy profession can work with the public sector to help deliver a more sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous future for all.
Embracing a People-Centered Profession: The accountancy profession is first and foremost a profession made of people—individuals and teams working collaboratively and collectively. This POV explores the connection between the people in the accountancy profession, the core components of the profession (education, professional judgment, ethics, values) and the profession’s commitment to the public interest.
Maintaining Trust & Confidence During a Crisis: Maintaining trust and confidence during a crisis is the fastest path to recovery after a crisis. This POV explores the key roles that regulators, the global accounting profession and those charged with governance have to play in maintaining trust.
Achieving High-Quality Audits: High-quality audits of financial statements are essential to strong, sustainable organizations, financial markets and economies. All participants in the audit and assurance ecosystem must act to improve the audit process, and we outline how.
Climate Action: Climate change is an urgent, global, and systemic issue that can threaten the sustainability of organizations, markets, and economies. This POV outlines how to embrace climate action and be part of the solution.
Fighting Corruption and Money Laundering: The consequences of corruption are significant and widespread, from direct costs to individuals and society, to encouraging criminal behavior and undermining trust in institutions. Grounded in a strong ethical code, professional accountants across the globe play a critical role in the fight against corruption.
Access the POVs here in each language.
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 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.