Raising Awareness: A Global Message
International Internal Audit Awareness Month got off to a rousing start in the first week of May with internal auditors from Canada to Swaziland spreading the word about the benefits the profession offers.
They showed their professional pride by hosting networking events, decorating their offices, adding special messaging to their automatic email signatures, and asking government officials for official proclamations. They also turned to the most basic of human needs.
“I handed out boxes of chocolates to all of the various departments that I had the pleasure of auditing in the past year,” said Kelly Dorin, internal audit manager at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
On Facebook, Hossam El Shaffei, of IIA-Jordan, shared how he created “Proud to Be an Internal Auditor” mugs and distributed them to friends.
Carolyn Saint, vice president of internal audit for 7-Eleven, took to her company’s intranet site and email newsletter to introduce her audit team and spread the word about how 7-Eleven’s internal auditors add value through their involvement in specific initiatives. “As we continue to sharpen our focus on continuous improvement, one team’s very purpose is to ensure we do just that,” says the article.
In Georgia, Glenda Ostrander, director of internal audit for Gwinnett County Public Schools, decorated her office door with the popular Internal Audit Awareness Month graphic image.
IIA-Swaziland is participating in Awareness Month activities for the first time this year, a campaign that Chairman Wesley Mndzebele describes as particularly relevant given the internal audit profession’s newness and growth in the nation. The institute had an article published in Swazi Observer and has additional media outreach planned.
IIA-Singapore added special Awareness Month messaging and imagery to its website and held a networking event during which colorful cupcakes displayed messages of pride.
Several groups also have successfully obtained proclamations from government officials recognizing May as Internal Audit Awareness Month, including the Board of County Commissioners of Marion County, Fla. (thanks to The IIA’s North Central Florida Chapter) and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson (thanks to The IIA’s Ottawa Chapter).
The IIA encourages our many chapters, institutes, and members around the globe to continue spreading the word about the value internal auditing adds to organizations. Tell us how you’re celebrating the month: email firstname.lastname@example.org. And join the conversation on social media with #IIAMay.