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Guardian Role of Professionals in Upholding Ethical Governance

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Event Details:


Ms Katherine MA, Senior Community Relations Officer, Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre, Community Relations Department, Independent Commission Against Corruption

Date: 19 September 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: Ming Hua Hall, 4/F., St. James' Settlement, No. 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese (no simultaneous translation)

CPD Credit: 1.5 hours

Fee: Free

About the Seminar:

Good corporate governance and ethical leadership are widely recognised as important factors to minimize risks of corruption and malpractices at workplace. Professional accountants provide invaluable advice to senior management on corporate governance and act as guardians watching out for malpractices and non-compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Accountants who perform their guardian role well can spot the red flags, blow the whistle and guide companies to maintain sound risk management and control systems to prevent corruption and related malpractices.

With reference to the ICAC’s experience on investigation and corruption prevention work, the speaker will introduce the relevant ordinance and analyse common corruption risks and ethical issues encountered by company directors, senior management and accounting professionals in their daily work.


1. Introduction

• Current corruption scene

• Guardian role of accounting professionals in corruption prevention and ethical governance

2. Benefits of practising professional / business ethics and the 3-As Model

> Awareness

• Relevant provisions of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance

• ICAC case illustrations and points-to-note

> Assessment

• Ethical issues encountered by accounting professionals

• Video show and discussion

> Action

• Personal governance – GPS Ethics Compass

• Corporate governance – Corporate Ethics Compass

• Role of accounting professionals in corruption prevention and upholding ethical governance

3. Assistance Offered by the ICAC

About the Speaker:

Ms Katherine MA joined the Community Relations Department of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 2007. She has worked in various Regional Office of the ICAC throughout the years and has an extensive experience in presenting probity seminars for both private as well as public sectors. Having designed different strategies in connecting various segments of the community, she has also implemented education and publicity projects of different scales not only to disseminate integrity messages but also to engage public support to the anti-graft cause. Having been posted to the Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre of the ICAC since July 2016, she is now responsible for supporting the Centre to promote business ethics and anti-corruption messages in local and overseas business communities.

CPD Hours:

Completed CPD hours will be granted to attendees who have attended a full session of seminar. For those who have not attended full session, the number of CPD hours will be discounted accordingly. For the exact recognition of the CPD hours, please check with the respective Institute or Association.

Bad Weather Arrangement:

This event may be cancelled or re-scheduled when typhoon no.8 or black rainstorm warning is hoisted. Please refer to our website for the arrangement.


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