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Purpose in action

The accounting profession powers trust, opportunity and prosperity for individuals, communities, businesses, and governments. People around the world rely on professional accountants for their unique expertise, commitment to a code of ethics and long history of innovation.

Accountants instill trust in organizations and economies of all sizes with quality audits, assurance and tax services and strategic advice. The confidence placed in our work strengthens capital markets and expands opportunities for sustainable and inclusive growth around the world.

Accountants’ commitment to the public interest — to transparency and integrity — in a complex and ever-evolving regulatory environment fosters greater prosperity. That prosperity goes beyond the level of wealth of an individual, business or government to the freedom to set one’s own economic course, diversify, feel secure, and create competition.

Purpose in action

The accounting profession powers trust, opportunity and prosperity for individuals, communities, businesses, and governments. People around the world rely on professional accountants for their unique expertise, commitment to a code of ethics and long history of innovation.

Accountants instill trust in organizations and economies of all sizes with quality audits, assurance and tax services and strategic advice. The confidence placed in our work strengthens capital markets and expands opportunities for sustainable and inclusive growth around the world.

Accountants’ commitment to the public interest — to transparency and integrity — in a complex and ever-evolving regulatory environment fosters greater prosperity. That prosperity goes beyond the level of wealth of an individual, business or government to the freedom to set one’s own economic course, diversify, feel secure, and create competition.

Professional expertise and ethics

As an organization’s strategic value partner – leading amidst complex regulations, disruption and uncertainty – the accounting profession is committed to the public interest, as well as to objectivity and independence.

Professional expertise and ethics

As an organization’s strategic value partner – leading amidst complex regulations, disruption and uncertainty – the accounting profession is committed to the public interest, as well as to objectivity and independence.

Audit quality

Accounting professionals serve as capital market gatekeepers. Their skepticism, judgment, expertise and commitment to the public interest inform their work to audit, assure and report on the financial and non-financial information private and public companies, non-profits and governments produce.

Audit quality

Accounting professionals serve as capital market gatekeepers. Their skepticism, judgment, expertise and commitment to the public interest inform their work to audit, assure and report on the financial and non-financial information private and public companies, non-profits and governments produce.

Standard setting

The financial reporting and standard-setting system must be balanced and inclusive. Standard setters and the standards themselves must help investors, lenders and other capital providers make informed business decisions.

Standard setting

The financial reporting and standard-setting system must be balanced and inclusive. Standard setters and the standards themselves must help investors, lenders and other capital providers make informed business decisions.

Workplace of the future

Accountants help small businesses get off the ground, stabilize and reposition. They have real-time knowledge of their clients' finances, providing them greater strategic perspective.

Workplace of the future

Accountants help small businesses get off the ground, stabilize and reposition. They have real-time knowledge of their clients' finances, providing them greater strategic perspective.

Technology and cybersecurity

Accountants structure and analyze data. They harness the technology to provide a pathway for decision making. Accountants also create, maintain and enforce controls and lead compliance at the federal, state and regulatory levels.

Technology and cybersecurity

Accountants structure and analyze data. They harness the technology to provide a pathway for decision making. Accountants also create, maintain and enforce controls and lead compliance at the federal, state and regulatory levels.

ESG and sustainability

Charged with analyzing, managing and reporting on the flow of essential information and insights, the profession helps stakeholders achieve sustainable, long-term value.

ESG and sustainability

Charged with analyzing, managing and reporting on the flow of essential information and insights, the profession helps stakeholders achieve sustainable, long-term value.

Trust. Opportunity. Prosperity.

The accounting profession is grounded in a just and principled purpose that contributes to a common good. With integrity and due care, the profession is committed to a more inclusive and diverse reimagining of opportunities that redefines prosperity around the globe for individuals, organizations, communities and economies alike.

Trust. Opportunity. Prosperity.

The accounting profession is grounded in a just and principled purpose that contributes to a common good. With integrity and due care, the profession is committed to a more inclusive and diverse reimagining of opportunities that redefines prosperity around the globe for individuals, organizations, communities and economies alike.

In your interest

How the profession is serving businesses, non-profits, governments, investors and capital markets and creating trust in capital markets.

Extraordinary in the face of challenge: Barry Melancon reflects on 2021

Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, reflects on 2021 and the path forward in 2022.

Audit quality stable amid pandemic, audit committee members say

Despite pandemic-related concerns about the ability of auditors to work effectively, 98% of audit committee members said in a new survey that audit quality either increased (32%) or stayed the same (66%) over the past year.

Press releases

AICPA Shows Strong Support for Disaster Retirement Savings Act

AICPA Shows Strong Support for Disaster Retirement Savings Act

AICPA Highlights Issues with Corp Profit Minimum Tax

AICPA Urges Congress to Reconsider and Clarify Rules Associated with Implementing Minimum Corporate Tax on Book Income

AICPA Issues New Standard on Auditor’s Risk Assessment

SAS No. 145 clarifies and enhances the requirements and guidance on the identification and assessment of the risks of material misstatement

Beat the Breach: CPAs can Help Keep Critical Information Safe

The recent T-Mobile breach underscores the importance of data security for businesses and customers alike.

New Report: Businesses Still Struggle to Close the Gap Between Purpose and Action

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants® (the Association) represents AICPA® & CIMA® and works to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 696,000 members, students and engaged professionals in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMA designation holders and accounting and finance professionals globally.

Contact the Purpose team: purpose@aicpa-cima.org

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants® (the Association) represents AICPA® & CIMA® and works to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 696,000 members, students and engaged professionals in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMA designation holders and accounting and finance professionals globally.

Contact the Purpose team: purpose@aicpa-cima.org

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