IMA, CalCPA, and IFAC Join Forces with Global Accounting Profession to Provide Actionable DE&I Solutions

DigitalCFO Newsroom | 27 April 2022

Report offers solutions to closing the diversity gap.

Singapore, April 26, 2022 – IMA ® (Institute of Management Accountants), CalCPA (California Society of Certified Public Accountants), and IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) today released its “Diversifying Global Accounting Talent: Actionable Solutions for Progress” report. As a joint effort, the report assesses the deeply rooted issues inhibiting progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) within the accounting profession and offers actionable solutions to close the gap in DE&I.

The capstone in a series of regional DE&I research studies, the report exposes key factors contributing to the underrepresentation of diverse people in the profession, and particularly at leadership levels, in focus regions (Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, and North America – the U.S.). Three key catalysts for action toward DE&I progress are presented: the current state of DE&I in accountancy, the responsibility to protect the public interest, and demands for sustainable business information around DE&I. “The voices of more than 8,000 study participants across the globe issued a call-to-action to the profession’s leaders: a call for recommended solutions and intentional, collective action to affect greater change,” said Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, IMA president and CEO.

The report generated an inventory of more than 70 actionable DE&I practices, each mapped to relevant United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and reflects input from dozens of leaders representing millions of accountants who can implement those practices. It offers recommended steps needed to remedy the lack of equity and inclusion as a path to improving diversity. While expanded efforts have energized DE&I, there is often a disconnect between perceived progress among leaders and progress truly felt and realized by the staff or profession at large.

“By collaborating through shared resources and efforts, leaders can learn from one another and yield long-lasting solutions,” said Denise LeDuc Froemming, CPA, CAE, president and CEO at CalCPA. “So, we are humbled and honored to be accompanied by more than 60 professional accountancy organizations who join us as DE&I advocates for progress and commit to collective action.”

The authors classified their actionable practices into two main categories: attract diverse talent and retain and promote the diverse talent. Leaders must welcome and value diverse employees to sustain the accounting workforce in the years to come.

Kevin Dancey, CEO at IFAC, said: “Professional accountants are bound by ethical commitments, which should extend into DE&I efforts. The solutions recommended in this report can and should be leveraged by professional accountants and leaders across the profession, to move our workplaces around the world toward a culture of belonging and fulfill our obligation to protect the public interest.”

View the full report here.


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