December 20, 2021
Technology is a double-edged sword with both opportunities and challenges for the accountancy profession provides practical guidance for multiple stakeholders
As technology advances and the world becomes more complex, the professional accountant’s skills and competencies, underpinned by ethics and recognizing their public interest responsibility, are critical in navigating new challenges and opportunities and ensuring trust in the profession. To help professional accountants and stakeholders better understand these topics, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) have released Technology is a double-edged sword with both opportunities and challenges for the accountancy profession, the second in a four-part thought leadership series examining the professional accountant’s role in a new technological era.
The publication examines the impact of rapid technological change and the importance of ethical leadership from the lens of the professional accountant. It also provides practical guidance to both professional accountants and professional accountancy organizations.
Technology is a double-edged sword with both opportunities and challenges for the accountancy profession follows Complexity and the professional accountant: Practical guidance for ethical decision-making, the first publication in the series, and builds off a collaborative exploratory paper and global roundtable event called Ethical Leadership in an Era of Complexity and Digital Change, which CPA Canada, ICAS and IFAC jointly hosted earlier in 2021. The third and fourth publications in the series will focus on identifying and mitigating bias and mis-/disinformation, and mindset and enabling skills.