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CPE Self-Study
How to Improve Your Whistleblower Program and Address Impediments to Reporting
NASBA FIELD OF STUDY
Behavioral Ethics
LEVEL
Intermediate
CPE CREDITS
Online: 1.5
In this CPE course, learn how leading organizations have successfully integrated the whistleblower hotline into the corporate culture. You'll get actionable recommendations that all companies can use to retool existing programs.

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Product details

Who Will Benefit?

  • Internal auditors and external auditors
  • Financial executives and accounting staff
  • Audit committee and board members
  • Other financial reporting stakeholders

Key Topics

  • Fear of Retaliation
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Corporate Culture
  • Whistleblower Program
  • Major Components of Successful Compliance Monitoring Programs
  • Reporting, Investigating, and Remediating of Ethical Misconduct

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how leading companies have successfully integrated the whistleblower hotline into the corporate culture
  • Identify actionable recommendations that all companies can use to retool their existing programs
  • Analyze one of the major impediments to effective whistleblower programs: reluctance of employees to come forward because of the real or perceived fear of retaliation

All publicly traded companies are required to have a process that employees can use to report occupational misconduct—i.e., the whistleblower program. How do you know if your company has an effective program? What do you do to build awareness across the company? What department is best equipped to manage the whistleblower hotline? Does your program leverage social media? What steps can you take to mitigate the fear of retaliation and encourage employees to report misconduct?

In this CPE course, our panel of experts will provide insights into how leading organizations have successfully integrated the whistleblower hotline into the corporate culture. They will provide actionable recommendations that all companies can use to retool their existing programs. You will also learn how to address one of the major impediments to effective whistleblower programs: reluctance of employees to come forward because of the real or perceived fear of retaliation. Retaliation can take many forms—verbal abuse, physical threats, demotions—all of which can undermine an otherwise strong ethical culture.

We encourage all of the key players in the financial reporting supply chain—audit committee members, financial executives, internal auditors, and external auditors—as well as compliance professionals, to take this informative course.

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Center for Audit Quality Anti-Fraud Collaboration

The Anti-Fraud Collaboration, comprised of the Center for Audit Quality, Financial Executives International, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and The Institute of Internal Auditors, promotes the deterrence and detection of financial reporting fraud through the development of thought leadership, awareness programs, educational opportunities, and other resources targeted to the unique roles and responsibilities of the primary participants in the financial reporting supply chain. For more information, visit www.AntiFraudCollaboration.org.

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American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

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CREDIT INFO
CPE credits
Online
: 1.5
NASBA Field of Study
Behavioral Ethics
Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
A basic understanding of: Corporate Management, Risk Management and Corporate Governance
ADVANCE PREPARATION
None
Delivery Method
QAS Self-Study
Course acronym
CAQ3
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