ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 178,500 chartered accountants and students worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.
As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.
Economia embodies the values that have always been at the core of our organisation. She has appeared on our coat of arms since 1880 and features on the facade of our London home, Chartered Accountants’ Hall.
She has three symbolic tools. The rod signifies command, the rudder represents guidance. The red dividers represent her unique powers of measurement and assessment, as well as her ability to draw perceptive insights from the world around her.
It’s those unique insights which enable us to contribute meaningfully and dynamically to our profession and the wider industry.
Although accountancy is hundreds of years old, it wasn’t until after the middle of the 19th century that the professional accountant became recognised. ICAEW was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1880, giving our members the right to use the designation ‘chartered accountant’.
Many of the founding fathers of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms were early ICAEW presidents - names such as Arthur Cooper, Frederick Whinney, William Welch Deloitte and Sir William Peat.
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Headquartered in the UK, we also have offices in Brussels, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.