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Viewpoints on the news during October 2020

Opinions and news analysis, covering the worlds of business and accountancy.

Blowing the whistle: Speak up, if you dare

29 October 2020: While creating a helpline for employees to raise issues without fear of retribution is a start, corporate ethics expert Lord Gold argues that unless employers take these concerns seriously it risks undermining confidence in management.

Audit quality: why standard-setting matters

28 October 2020: Audit quality is not the sole responsibility of auditors. Regulators, inspectors and standard-setters all have a role to play, and auditing standards and the standard-setting process needs to be fit for purpose, writes ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza.

Are you planning a virtual Christmas party?

27 October: Organisations wanting to provide some festive cheer for their staff this winter face some difficult challenges. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty outlines the tax considerations that employers will need to think about.

Cybersecurity in the accountancy sector

27 October 2020: How well prepared is the accountancy sector for cybersecurity attacks? What kind of attacks are being experienced by firms? And what impact have major breaches had?

Getting to grips with AML: a risk-based approach

27 October: ICAEW has teamed up with IFAC to produce a series of six short guides for accountants to enhance their understanding of money laundering. The second guide sets out what is involved in a risk-based approach to AML.

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