The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) has released its 2022 Annual Report, ‘Reinforcing Ethics and the Public Interest in a Rapidly Evolving World’.

The digitally interactive report looks back at 2022 through the eyes of the international ethics standard-setting board, complete with detailed reports on the Board’s projects alongside reflective remarks from its leaders.

The report showcases a board in transition, completing long-running projects aimed at further strengthening the IESBA’s International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) (the Code), addressing the ethical implications of rapid technological advances, and moving fast to develop the necessary ethics and independence standards for sustainability reporting and assurance, always working to serve the public interest.

Commenting on this, IESBA chair, Gabriela Figueiredo Dias, said: “IESBA’s work in 2022 will ultimately strengthen the public’s trust in the professional accountant, corporate reporting and businesses more generally at a time of rapid change and complexity.

“Collectively, we’ve ensured the necessary strategic adjustments to better serve the public interest in a context of complex developments that we face today, like sustainability and technology, through our actions to enhance our global ethics and independence standards, thereby raising the bar for ethical conduct and practice for all professional accountants and other service providers that may want to use our standards.”

Beyond the updates on IESBA projects, the 2022 IESBA Report features an overview of the Board’s extensive stakeholder outreach efforts and information about its efforts to promote global adoption and effective implementation of the Code. The Report also includes a message from the IESBA’s consultative advisory group (CAG) chair, Gaylen Hansen.