Restoring public trust in the accounting profession by developing anti-fraud education, programs, and auditing


The public trust in auditors’ judgments and reputation plays an important role in substantiating audit functions as value-added services, which lend credibility to published financial reports. Recent numerous financial restatements by high profile companies coupled with bankruptcies of major companies caused by reported financial statement fraud have eroded public confidence in financial reports and related audit functions. Restoring the public confidence requires considerable efforts by legislators, regulators, standard-setting bodies, the business community, and the accounting profession. This article suggests 12 ways that the accounting profession can rebuild public trust in financial reports and related audit functions. © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Managerial Auditing Journal