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The Core Principles of Internal Audit

Integrity is everything in the world of internal auditing. We’ve designed Core Principles to help make sure you’re always aligned and future-focused.

Core Principles for the Profession of Internal Auditing

The Core Principles, above all, define tangible internal audit effectiveness. When all Principles are present and operating cohesively, internal audit function achieves maximum efficiency. Though the way every internal auditor approaches these Core Principles may vary from organization to organization, there’s no denying that a failure to achieve any of the Principles would signal an internal audit activity that’s not performing at its absolute best.

  • Demonstrates integrity.
  • Demonstrates competence and due professional care.
  • Is objective and free from undue influence (independent).
  • Aligns with the strategies, objectives, and risks of the organization.
  • Is appropriately positioned and adequately resourced.
  • Demonstrates quality and continuous improvement.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Provides risk-based assurance.
  • Is insightful, proactive, and future-focused.
  • Promotes organizational improvement.