Accountants and Organizational Ethics

When:  Dec 7, 2023 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Greater Seattle Chapter


Ethics has always been central to the accounting profession—as exemplified by professional codes of conduct and requirements for continuing professional education in ethics. Currently, the accounting profession is undergoing tremendous change. Much of the change is driven by technology, which is eliminating many of the repetitive tasks traditionally performed by accountants. At the same time, technology is enabling accountants to add greater value through decision support, strategic analytics using diverse types of data, and cross-functional collaboration. The accounting profession is also heavily affected by new types of business responsibility and reporting, including ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). These changes impact not only the work that accountants perform, but they also provide opportunities for accountants to add greater value to organizational ethics. During this webinar, you will explore ideas for contributing not only to your own ethics, but also to the ethics of your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current ethical concerns for organizations, including ESG and DEI
  • Explore the links and gaps between personal and organizational ethics
  • Discover opportunities for accountants to contribute to organizational ethics


Susan K. Wolcott, PhD, CMA, CPA, is an independent scholar and professional education thought leader. She works with educators around the world on the development of critical thinking, professional judgment, ethical reasoning, and similar skills. She recently taught undergraduate and MBA courses at University of Washington-Tacoma on ethics, ESG, and DEI. She has worked for many years with accounting professional organizations, including IMA, AICPA, AAA (American Accounting Association), and CPA Canada on resources to improve accounting education and professional competencies.