Delivering our global promises
The new global ICAS strategy aims to deliver the same value and benefits to all members, no matter where they live and work in the world.
As part of our vision of ‘Building the Leading Global Professional Community’, ICAS has delivered a number of initiatives over the past few months for our members based outside of the UK.
1. Enhanced international content
Our popular news briefing email, CA Today, has now been launched weekly in Australia, USA, Canada and Hong Kong. We now have a team of expert writers based in these regions who are producing regular and relevant global content for ICAS.com.
2. New targeted international magazines
We have launched our first digital magazine for our members in Australia and are now developing a suite of digital publications for our other core global regions. Each magazine is full of targeted, relevant and local content, including insight and analysis on business, economic and political issues.
3. Global networking through CA Connect
CA Connect is our new global networking tool, which helps members connect with and message other CAs around the world like never before. Simply search for a CA by name, location or company and then message them to get in touch.
4. New professional development framework
ICAS has launched a new global programme of professional development for members. This includes a new gateway of online professional development resources, such as webinars and online courses, split across world regions. Members can also take advantage of our webinars and video updates by technical experts, business leaders and ICAS partners. We have an extensive range of online courses and content, and offer free courses for international members through a collaboration with FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform.
5. Career mentoring programme
We have launched the first global, virtual career mentoring programme, which allows CA wherever they are in the world to connect with other CAs for help, advice and guidance.
6. New global webinars
7. International ethics events
We have taken our Power of One ethics campaign around the world, with events in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Australia. New Zealand and the US.
8. International members on ICAS Council
ICAS has now appointed three international members to the ICAS Council – Ken Morrison (Hong Kong); Clive Bellingham (Zurich); Jim Robertson (Houston) to be the champions of our international members.
9. New international partnerships and agreements
We have been involved in extensive discussions with several other global accountancy bodies to form partnerships, to better serve and add value for our members around the world.
10. Global communities and events
ICAS now has more than 20 international communities in cities including Sydney, Hong Kong, New York and Toronto. Our global communities will be holding more events, networking opportunities and activities for local members in 2017.
11. Increased international influence
ICAS aims to extend its global influence through its work on global issues such as Brexit, international taxes and the future of audit. We are also increasingly influential in the Global Accounting Alliance, the International Federation of Accountants and Chartered Accountants Worldwide. We will be seeking more international partners to help develop our thought leadership role.
ICAS CEO Anton Colella said: “Last year, we established our new vision of building the leading global professional community. Our aim is to create an ICAS which is global, virtual and diverse with one set of services, one set of values, and one culture for our increasingly international membership.
“While we are encouraged by what we have done over the past few months, this is only the start of our journey. We are now looking forward to delivering fully on our global promises for our 21,000 members around the world.”