Training & Events

The Combat of Corruption and the Crucial Role of the Accountancy Profession


Date : 15/06/2017

Thursday 15 June 2017

Symposium - KBC Herman Teirlinckauditorium - Brussels

There are more than 1 million accountants, statutory auditors and internal auditors in Europe. The focus of this symposium is on the role of the accountancy profession as a gatekeeper in the combat of corruption. We will discuss the trends, assess the current situation and formulate recommendations. The symposium brings together auditors and accountants, business leaders, regulators, magistrates, standard setters, academia, lawyers and other stakeholders.

We need strong gatekeepers to curb corruption. The accountancy profession must find an answer to the increasing stream of scandals in the areas of corruption, offshoring and money laundering. What is their vision on the risks of corruption and money laundering? To what extent is the detection of corruption a responsibility of auditors and accountants? How should auditors and accountants assess the risks related to offshore constructions? How strong is governance, risk & compliance within the accountancy industry? How effective are current reporting/whistleblowing systems around accountants and auditors? What is the impact of new frameworks: regulations, legislation, standards and guidelines?

Programme

08:30 - 09:00    Registration and coffee

09:00 - 09:05    Welcome: Mr. Dominique Dussard, Chair of Transparency International Belgium

09:05 - 09:10    Introduction of speakers: Mr. Evert-Jan Lammers, Chair for the day

09:10 - 10:00    The combat of corruption and the crucial role of the accountancy profession,

Key-note speaker: Mr. Mark Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Serious Fraud Office

10:00 - 11:00    Panel debate 1

To what extent is the detection of corruption a responsibility of accountants and auditors?

On the panel:

11:00 - 11:30    Break

11:30 - 12:30    Panel debate 2

How should accountants and auditors assess the risks related to offshore constructions?

On the panel:

12:30 - 13:30    Walking lunch

13:30 - 14:00    Teaser movie

14:00 - 15:00    Panel debate 3

How strong is governance, risk & compliance within the accountancy industry?

On the panel:

15:00 - 15:30    Break

15:30 - 16:30    Panel debate 4

How effective are current reporting/whistleblowing systems?

On the panel:

16:30 - 16:45    Wrap-up and closing

16:45 - 18:00    Cocktail reception

Moderators:

Mrs. Brooke Masters, Editor at Financial Times

Mr. Dave Van Moppes, Attorney-at-Law at Tuerlinckx

Practical information and registration

Venue:

KBC Herman Teirlinckauditorium

Havenlaan 2, rue du Port

1080 Brussels

Parking:

Tour & Taxis

Havenlaan 86C, rue du Port

1080 Brussels

Public transport:

Metro Ribaucourt

Train: North Station

Language:

English, French and Dutch (simultanious translation)

Entrance fee:

165€, members of Transparency International and students 100€ (Become a member now)

To register, please see below.

For more information, thank you for sending an email to info@transparencybelgium.be.

This symposium accounts for 6 CPE credits (this may vary per professional institute)