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IIA Debuts New Global Research; Announces Professional Achievement Awards at 2022 International Conference

Press Release The IIA Jul 19, 2022

CHICAGO (July 18, 2022) — During the first day of its annual International Conference, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – the internal audit profession's leader in standards, certification, education, research, and technical guidance worldwide – introduced two new global reports in front of an audience of roughly 1,500 internal audit professionals from around the world.

New Research Takes Global View of Internal Audit Profession

  • The IIA debuted its 2022 Premier Global Study, Internal Audit: A Global View. The extensive report collected feedback from 3,600 internal audit professionals representing 159 international locations. The study shows regional differences within a diverse profession that is broadly involved in traditional activities like risk and fraud but also demonstrates that the profession is adding ever-increasing value to stakeholders through environmental and social issues, cybersecurity engagements, and other emerging and evolving issues.
  • The results offer a snapshot of the global profession and demographic trends:
    • 61% of internal audit functions in North America are funded sufficiently
    • 80% of respondents from Africa and the Middle East are under age 50
    • 64% of respondents from Europe under age 30 are female

IIA Partners with World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to Issue New Guidance on Embedding ESG and Sustainability Considerations in the Three Lines Model

  • The IIA has partnered with the WBCSD on new guidance aimed at helping organization’s future-proof their business.
  • The paper, Embedding ESG and Sustainability Considerations into the Three Lines Model,” outlines key roles and responsibilities for the governing body, management, and internal audit to build structures and processes that support the achievement of business objectives to create and protect value for the organization.
  • Recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the creation of the new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) underscore the importance of embedding material sustainability issues into business decision-making practices. It is also vital that governance mechanisms are in place to ensure effective oversight of risk management and controls. 
  • The insights in the paper are intended for corporate boards, C-suite representatives within large corporations, and senior management to provide information and understanding on the role of the respective lines in overseeing the effectiveness of risk management and internal audit processes.   

2022 Professional Achievement Award Recipients Announced

Also at the first day of the conference, The IIA awarded five Professional Achievement Awards, recognizing recipients from around the world who have excelled in research, education, publishing, advocacy, and other activities in the field of internal auditing and related professions. Click here for a full list of awards, recipients, bios and photos.

Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service

  • Charles Johnson - Senior Manager, Forvis Enterprise Risk Solutions
  • Doris Yi Hsin Wang - Chairman, Accounting Research and Development Foundation, Taiwan and Professor, Department of Accountancy, National Taipei University

Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award

  • Lal Balkaran - Risk, Governance, and Internal Audit Consultant, LBA Consulting
  • Brian Christensen - Executive Vice President, Global Managed Solutions and Collaboration, Protiviti

William G. Bishop III, CIA Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Carman L. Lapointe – International Consultant. Former Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services

About The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is a nonprofit international professional association that serves more than 230,000 global members and has awarded more than 185,000 Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certifications worldwide. Established in 1941, The IIA is recognized throughout the world as the internal audit profession's leader in standards, certifications, education, research, and technical guidance. For more information, visit

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