DB 3 Reply
I agree with the parts provided by the student concerning the essential keys followed by an ethical auditor. According to the argument provided, an auditor should seek to serve the public interest; I agree with this since the code of ethics for auditing highlights that an auditor should provide audit report as it is in order to serve the needs of various stakeholders, who may include shareholders, investors, general public, and employees of the organization being audited (Spencer, 2006). Another part, which I agree with, regards the independence and integrity of the auditor. The thread provided argues that integrity entails adherence to auditing rules and guidelines and confidentiality, which is a vital element in auditing. This is true since an auditor needs to follow rules and guidelines for auditing in order to produce a fair and just audit report. Without the integrity of the auditor, an audit report may become biased or influenced by other parties. Auditor’s independence is a crucial aspect to an auditor since it helps the auditor give the real report of the firm without the influence of another party.
Auditor’s independence is critical in any audit since it strengthens the outcome of the audit; this emanates from the fact that, a report based on the auditor alone is likely to be received with confidence rather than a report influenced by executives or other parties (Kumar, 2005). Therefore, auditor’s independence needs to be given the first priority always. It is crucial for an auditor to remain confidential with all the information garnered during an audit, and should not use the information for personal benefit. This is critical since disclosure of such information to individuals outside the audit may lead to a legal suit.