Guardian role of professionals in upholding ethical governance - Workshop 2017

Corporate governance and ethical leadership are widely recognised as important factors to minimise risks of corruption and malpractices at workplace. Top management and professionals both play a salient guardian role in upholding a high standards of corporate governance. With reference to the ICAC’s past investigations and corruption prevention work, the speaker will give an analysis on common corruption risks and ethical issues encountered by company directors, accounting professionals and senior management.

Key topics covered:

  • Introduction
  • Current corruption scene
  • Guardian role of professionals and company directors in corruption prevention and ethical governance
  • Benefits of practicing professional / business ethics and the 4-A Model
  • Awareness
    - Relevant provisions of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance
    - ICAC case illustrations and points-to-note
    - Assessment
    - Ethical issues encountered by accounting professionals and company directors
    - Video show: the ‘Boardroom Agenda’ and discussion
    - Action
    - Personal governance – GPS Ethics Compass
    - Corporate governance – Corporate Ethics Compass
    - Role of professionals and company directors in corruption prevention and upholding ethical governance
    - Assistance
    - Corruption prevention services of Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre and the ICAC
  • Question-and-answer Session

Learning objectives

  • Understand the guardian role of accountants and company directors in upholding ethical governance
  • Raise the awareness of corruption and related malpractice in the workplace enhanced
  • Gain knowledge of the relevant sections of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and regulations in relation to the duties and responsibilities of directors and professionals in preventing corruption and malpractices

Audience

This workshop is suitable for professional accountants, company directors  and anyone who are interested in identifying the common corruption risks and ethical issues encountered by company directors, accounting professionals and senior management.

2 hours

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