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1 1 Overview and General Application Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants Gopal C Ghosh FCA, FCMA, FIPA The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB)

2 2 The Code Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants applies to all professional accountants, whether in public practice, in business, education, or the public sector. The IESBA Code serves as the foundation for codes of ethics developed and enforced by members of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). A member body of IFAC or firm shall not apply less stringent standards than those stated in this Code. However, if a member body or firm is prohibited from complying with certain parts of this Code by law or regulation, they shall comply with all other parts of this Code.

3 3 IESBA The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) 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. IESBA develops the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, which establishes ethical requirements for professional accountants.

4 4 IESBA Board The IESBA consists of 18 board members from around the world, of whom no more than 9 are practitioners and no fewer than 3 are public members (individuals who are expected to reflect, and are seen to reflect, the wider public interest). Members are appointed by the IFAC Board, based on recommendations from the IFAC Nominating Committee and with the approval of the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB), which oversees the activities of the IESBA.

5 5 PIOB The Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) oversees the public interest activities of IFAC. The objective of the PIOB is to increase confidence of investors and others that such activities, including the setting of standards by the IESBA, are properly responsive to the public interest. PIOB members are nominated by international institutions and regulatory bodies.

6 6 Parts of Code This Code contains three parts: Part-A General Application of the Code Part-B Professional Accountants in Public Practice Part-C Professional Accountants in Business

7 7 Parts of Code Part A establishes the fundamental principles of professional ethics and provides a conceptual framework for professional accountants. Parts B and C describe how the conceptual framework applies in certain situations. They provide examples of safeguards that may be appropriate to address threats to compliance with the fundamental principles. Part B applies to professional accountants in public practice. Part C applies to professional accountants in business.

8 8 Part-A General Application of the Code Part A establishes the fundamental principles of professional ethics for professional accountants and provides a conceptual framework that professional accountants shall apply to: (a) Identify threats to compliance with the fundamental principles; (b) Evaluate the significance of the threats identified; and (c) Apply safeguards, when necessary, to eliminate the threats or reduce them to an acceptable level. A professional accountant shall use professional judgment in applying this conceptual framework.

9 9 Fundamental Principles  Integrity To be straight forward and honest in all professional and business relationships  Objectivity To not allow bias, conflict of interest or undue influence of others to override professional or business judgments

10 10 Fundamental Principles Professional Competence and Due Care  To maintain professional knowledge and skill at the level required to ensure competent professional services based on current developments in practice, legislation and techniques  To act diligently in accordance with applicable technical and professional standards

11 11 Fundamental Principles Confidentiality  To refrain from disclosing confidential information acquired as a result of professional and business relationships without proper and specific authority to disclose unless there is a legal or professional right or duty to disclose  To refrain from using confidential information acquired as a result of professional and business relationships for personal advantage or the advantage of third parties

12 12 Fundamental Principles Professional behavior Obligation to comply with relevant laws and regulations and avoid any action that discredits the profession

13 13 Conceptual Framework Approach  This Code establishes a conceptual framework that requires a professional accountant to identify, evaluate, and address threats to compliance with the fundamental principles.  Conceptual framework approach accommodates many variations in circumstances that create threats to compliance with the fundamental principles and can deter a professional accountant from concluding that a situation is permitted if it is not specifically prohibited.

14 14 Conceptual Framework Approach Professional accountant shall exercise professional judgment, and → identify threats to compliance with the fundamental principles → determine that they are not at an acceptable level, → determine whether appropriate safeguards are available → Available safeguards can be applied to eliminate the threats or reduce them to an acceptable level.

15 15 Conceptual Framework Approach A professional accountant may encounter situations in which threats cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level. In such situations, the professional accountant shall –  decline or discontinue the specific professional activity or service involved or,  resign from the engagement (in the case of a professional accountant in public practice) or the employing organization (in the case of a professional accountant in business).

16 16 Conceptual Framework Approach Unusual circumstances When a professional accountant encounters unusual circumstances in which the application of a specific requirement of the Code would result in a disproportionate outcome or an outcome that may not be in the public interest, it is recommended that the professional accountant consult with a member body or the relevant regulator.

17 17 Threats  Self-interest  Self-review  Advocacy  Familiarity  Intimidation Threats fall into one or more of the following categories:

18 18 Threats Self-interest threat – the threat that a financial or other interest will inappropriately influence the professional accountant’s judgment or behavior; Self-review threat – the threat that a professional accountant will not appropriately evaluate the results of a previous judgment made, or activity or service performed by the professional accountant, on which the accountant will rely when forming a judgment.

19 19 Threats Advocacy threat – the threat that a professional accountant will promote a client’s or employer’s position to the point that the professional accountant’s objectivity is compromised; Familiarity threat ─ the threat that due to a long or close relationship with a client or employer, a professional accountant will be too sympathetic to their interests or too accepting of their work; and

20 20 Threats Intimidation threat – the threat that a professional accountant will be deterred from acting objectively because of actual or perceived pressures, including attempts to exercise undue influence.

21 21 Safeguards Safeguards are measures that may eliminate threats or reduce them to an acceptable level. They fall into two broad categories: (a) Safeguards created by the profession, legislation or regulation; and (b) Safeguards in the work environment.

22 22 Safeguards Safeguards created by the profession, legislation or regulation include: Educational, training and experience requirements for entry into the profession. Continuing professional development requirements. Corporate governance regulations. Professional standards. Professional or regulatory monitoring and disciplinary procedures. External review by a legally empowered third party.

23 23 Safeguards Certain safeguards may increase the likelihood of identifying or deterring unethical behavior. Such safeguards, which may be created by the accounting profession, legislation, regulation, or an employing organization, include: Effective, well-publicized complaint systems operated by the employing organization, the profession or a regulator, which enable colleagues, employers and members of the public to draw attention to unprofessional or unethical behavior. An explicitly stated duty to report breaches of ethical requirements.

24 24 Conflicts of Interest A conflict of interest creates a threat to objectivity and may create threats to the other fundamental principles. Such threats may be created when: The professional accountant undertakes a professional activity related to a particular matter for two or more parties whose interests with respect to that matter are in conflict; or The interests of the professional accountant with respect to a particular matter and the interests of a party for whom the professional accountant undertakes a professional activity related to that matter are in conflict.

25 25 Conflicts of Interest - Resolution Process When initiating conflict resolution process, the following factors may be relevant to the resolution process: (a) Relevant facts; (b) Ethical issues involved; (c) Fundamental principles related to the matter in question; (d) Established internal procedures; and (e) Alternative courses of action. Considering the relevant factors, a professional accountant shall determine the appropriate course of action.

26 26 Conflicts of Interest - Resolution Process If the matter remains unresolved, the professional accountant may: a.consult with other appropriate persons within the firm or employing organization for help in obtaining resolution. b.consult with those charged with governance of the organization, such as the board of directors or the audit committee. c.obtaining professional advice from the relevant professional body or from legal advisors. d.withdraw from the engagement team or specific assignment, or to resign altogether from the engagement, the firm or the employing organization.

27 27 Conflicts of Interest - Resolution Process Obtaining professional advice --- Confidentiality ? Can obtain guidance on ethical issues without breaching the fundamental principle of confidentiality if the matter is discussed – a.with the relevant professional body on an anonymous basis or b.with a legal advisor under the protection of legal privilege. The professional accountant may consider obtaining legal advice in that instance to determine whether there is a requirement to report.

28 28 Learning Fundamental Principles – Code of Ethics 1.Integrity 2.Objectivity 3.Professional Competence and Due Care 4.Confidentiality 5.Professional Behavior Threats & Safeguards – Code of Ethics 1. Self-interest 2. Self-review 3. Advocacy 4. Familiarity 5. Intimidation Conflict of Interest & Resolutions

29 29 Questions

30 30 Thank You events-after-the-reporting-period-quiz/


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