With World Ethics Day on the 18 October 2017, ACCA is marking the importance ethics and professionalism by organising a series of events and activities around the world to highlight ethical dilemmas and challenges in the workplace.
ACCA’s new Ethics and Professional Skills module will be live from 31 October 2017, replacing the Professional Ethics module which was available until 30 October 2017.
From China to Singapore to the UK, in the coming months ACCA will be placing ethics and trust centre stage, with the aim of getting a debate going about the challenges ahead.
ACCA Singapore will be hosting a film festival, partnering with the Singapore Film Society and a range of additional partners including CA ANZ, The Institute of Internal Auditors in Singapore, HBO Asia and the Golden Village cinema group to run the first-ever ACCA Ethics Film Festival. Films shown will include Unravelled, Inside Job and The Wizard of Lies.
Alan Hatfield says: ‘The ACCA Ethics Film Festival 2017 aims to bring together a community of like-minded professionals to discuss and address ethical issues and challenges in the finance industry. The festival will advocate ethics and how professional accountants are custodians of trust in an increasingly digital age.’
Other ACCA markets will be weaving the theme of ethics and trust into their forthcoming events, such as ACCA China and its Educator’s Conference on the 19 October.
Alan Hatfield concludes: ‘We’ve already held important conversations about ethics and trust, with the recent publication of our global research report Ethics and Trust in a Digital Age. This report raised important questions about how prepared businesses are to face new ethical challenges such as ransomware attacks; crypto-currency transactions; intellectual property disputes and customer privacy.’
‘For professional accountants, training and development clearly has a role here. ACCA was the first to introduce a compulsory ethics module in 2007 and our new module will ensure all members have the broader skills necessary for shaping the future of business. The module’s an essential part of the ACCA Qualification which develops the next generation with the vital professional skills needed by employers while retaining a focus on ethics.’
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