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Championing the Public Trust… 10 Years and Beyond (Jan/Feb 2015)

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Ethics Matters

January/February 2015

The year 2015 is significant to the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) for several reasons. First, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the CPT. This year also promises great opportunities for the CPT as the organization will continue its growth in existing programs, while branching out into a few new areas.

Inspired by the success of the Student Ethical Leadership Certification Program (ELCP), the CPT will launch its Professional Ethical Leadership Certification and Training Program this year. To help improve support for accounting professionals, the CPT is also launching an Ethics Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Resources Program. In the StudentCPT areas, the organization will make enhancements to its ELCP, and Student Leadership Conference (SLC).

To develop the Professional ELCP, the CPT is partnering with Savant Learning Systems. This certification and training program will help develop and maintain ethical cultures and leaders for small and mid-sized companies across all industries. With an anticipated launch in the spring of 2015, the CPT believes it will be a powerful resource to human resources and compliance professionals seeking training programs for their companies.

With its origin in accounting, the CPT is often looking for ways to positively impact the accounting profession. Through its new Ethics CPE Resources Program, the CPT will make ethics training resources and materials available to state accounting societies across the country. The societies will then be able to repurpose the materials to use as ethics CPE for their members. The idea behind this program is to infuse new and innovative ethics training into the CPE arena. The accounting community has embraced this initiative. The initial funding has come from Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, the Center for Audit Quality and the AICPA.

The CPT is grateful for the support from these organizations and for the leadership of Joe Petito, CPT Board Member, on this project.

The CPT also enjoys a healthy partnership with the Daniels Fund. This foundation, based in Denver, funded the initial development of the ELCP. As the partnership continues to grow, the Daniels Fund has agreed to support marketing and content enhancements to the ELCP that will make it an even greater program. In addition to this great support, the Daniels Fund will also sponsor 30 of the 60 students attending the SLC in 2015. The Student Leadership Conference is changing the lives of student participants. We are grateful for this additional support, which fuels our continued growth.

This is merely a snapshot of what you can expect in 2015 from the CPT. Look to hear more about these great initiatives in celebration of the CPT’s 10th Anniversary.

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