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IFAC Signs Strategic Agreement with The IIA

Collaboration further strengthens united commitment to help restore confidence to the general public in business reporting and enhancing governance processes in both private and public sectors

(Orlando, Florida, July 17, 2013) – The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a formal basis for the advancement of risk management and internal controls toward a common goal of enhanced governance.

Signed today at The IIA’s International Conference, the IFAC-IIA MoU outlines a new plan for enhanced coordination, collaboration, and resource sharing that will draw on the strengths and expertise of the two organizations. Both are engaged in the restoration of public confidence in business reporting and enhancing governance processes in the private and public sectors.

“This Memorandum of Understanding further strengthens the important relationship between The IIA and IFAC. It represents our united commitment to serve the public interest and restore the confidence of the general public in business reporting,” said Richard Chambers, president and chief executive officer of The IIA.

As outlined in the MoU, IFAC and IIA recognize that the following are fundamental to an organization fulfilling its objectives, implementing reliable financial management and reporting, and serving its stakeholders and the public interest:

  • The implementation of international auditing and accounting standards;
  • Strong risk management practices, including the design and implementation of effective and efficient internal controls; and
  • An effective governance process.

“IFAC welcomes this opportunity to continue our collaboration with The IIA,” said IFAC President Warren Allen. “Our professions are closely related, we share common goals, and address the same issues. Joining our efforts and voices therefore makes sense.”

Through the development of an Annual Work Plan, the organizations will create structures and processes appropriate to share information and best practices in government, risk management, and internal control as well as in audit methods and the application of international standards.

About IFAC

IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession, dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. It is comprised of 173 members and associates in 129 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

About The IIA

Established in 1941, The IIA serves more than 180,000 members in 190 countries and is the internal audit profession's global voice, chief advocate, and principal educator. The Institute develops and maintains the International Professional Practices Framework for internal auditing, comprising the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and certifies professionals through the globally recognized Certified Internal Auditor. Visit for more information.

Laura Wilker
Head of Communications, IFAC

Scott McCallum, The IIA