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Feb 2017

1 Day Business Ethics and Ethical Decision Making Workshop for Accounting and Finance Professionals

Course Information

Start Date 16 Feb 2017, Thursday
End Date 16 Feb 2017, Thursday
Time 09:00 am
Venue 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel Singapore
Fee S$780 | S$468 After PIC Grant of 40% Inclusive of light refreshments and international buffet lunch
Contact 6720 3333
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In today’s competitive world, the impact of ethical behaviour may land your organization in a reputation-damaging scandal, engaging in lengthy intellectual property law suits and incurred heavy financial loss. The negative consequences of unethical behaviour can impact many areas. Besides damaging a firm’s reputation, brand, and shareholder value, misconduct can undermine public confidence in the markets, hurt the firm's work culture, and lead to more financial crime. Negative publicity from ethical misconduct can also hurt a firm’s ability to attract and retain outstanding employees.

Cases Studies and Practical Solutions for Busy Executives

This 1-day practical oriented workshop is designed to provide you with a structured understanding of the significant business ethical issues and challenges facing your businesses and organizations.  It will cover the roles, responsibilities of both your internal and external stakeholders including your employees, customers, regulator and the general public. Ethical dilemmas and decision-making frameworks will be explored using case studies to provide you with a critical understanding of the cause and effect of ethical decision making in a real world environment, which will also cover best practices of high-profile organizations.

Ethical Conduct - Building trust - Promoting confidence - Validating relationships

Using case studies and up to date legislation, this workshop will show you

  • Develop Clarity on how business ethics are integrated into daily business decision making.
  • Evaluate an ethical situation by applying the steps involved in ethical decision making.
  • Guidelines for Managing Ethics in the Workplace Roles and Responsibilities
  • Understand the Importance of ethical reasoning, independence, integrity, and objectivity in providing accounting services
  • Understand the current state of ethical business environment (both in Asia and globally) and the implications for the future of accounting, particularly public accounting.
  • Recognize legal and regulatory risks and learn approaches that can mitigate these risks and sustain a robust culture of ethics, integrity and compliance
  • Appreciate ethics and compliance as an important component of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Who is this For?

Finance and Accounting Professionals including Auditors, Accountants, Tax Agents, Accounts Executives, Tax Consultants, Auditors

  • Senior Executives and Managers, particularly those who are closely involved with issues of business ethics and compliance.
  • Business owners, consultants and Professionals who is concerned about ethical business decision making and how to do the right things when confronted with ethical dilemmas.
Gain Valuable Insights from Leading Expert: Mr J. Thiru J.D., CPA, MBA, CFE, PMP Director, Ethics and Compliance

Mr. Thiru Sethuraman has 18 years of professional work experience in various roles such as Ethics and Compliance, Information Technology (IT), Supply Chain Management, Purchasing, Project Management and Six Sigma. Thiru pioneered and led the Ethics and Compliance Program for Cummins in Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Thiru’s area of focus include Ethics and Compliance Strategy and Operations, Anti-Bribery and Corruption Programs (FCPA and UKBA), Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance Integration, Ethics Policies and Case Studies, Whistleblower Program, Ethics Investigations, Instructor Led and Online Ethics Training, and Third Party Due Diligence, Compliance Audits and Controls, Personal Data Privacy Act (PDPA) and Fair Business Competition.

Thiru has been successful in working with business and functional leaders (including leaders at joint venture and independent business operations) across the developing economies. In particular, Thiru has operated and worked in many parts of the world – Asia Pacific, North America, South America, Middle East, and Europe.  In particular, Thiru has a good understanding of the compliance risks, business practices and cultural nuances in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions through direct oversight of China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, and Pakistan.

Thiru holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Technology and a MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from Purdue University (USA), and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (Law – JD) degree from Indiana University (USA). Thiru is admitted to the Indiana bar, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Indiana (USA), a Certified Compliance Professional (CCP) with the Australia’s Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Institute, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA). Thiru is currently pursuing an Advanced Certification in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Financial Crime with the Asian Banking School.

Hear from Our Past Participants

Thiru is an experienced and easy going instructor.  I had a great time listening to his professional and personal experiences. I enjoyed how he related his global knowledge to help us better understand ethics and fraud topics. He made a very serious topic fun and kept the students engaged.   —  Angela Lim Hui Lin, Hong Leong Bank

Thiru made the class very interesting and gave a lot of local and international examples to help illustrate various concepts during the course. I loved his short video clips on Bernie Maddoff and HSBC bank. I will certainly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to further advance his or her career in the banking industry.   —  Fauziah Othman, Citibank

Thiru is very friendly and knows his subject matter very well.  He gave us many real life examples to help us better understand the course content. I learned a lot from him and will recommend this course to any bank employee who wants to better grasp issues associated with ethics, fraud, and money laundering.  – Boon Ling Poon, Citibank

Course Outline

International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) Expectations and Code of Ethics for Professional Accounting

  • Key applicable regulations and the associated legal liability issues that accountants face (e.g. Foreign Corruption Practices Act – FCPA, UK Anti Bribery Act, Anti Money Laundering regulations, Personal Data Protection Act, etc.)
  • Deciphering of Fraud Triangle to better understand the three principle fraud risk elements and how an organization can take steps to mitigate these risks
  • Ethical Decision Making framework to help with values-driven business decisions
  • Real world situations and case study reviews and discussions to help participants enhance their ability to make good ethical decisions in the workplace
  • Awareness of the potential cost of non-compliance such as hefty fines and jail time
  • Speak Up Culture and Reporting Unethical Practices