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Mission & Core Values  

IMA’s mission is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing, and advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance.

We do this by:
  • Offering our prestigious credential—the CMA®—with a proven return on investment
  • Building a professional network that provides career resources and contacts to last a lifetime
  • Creating CPE-eligible education programs that improve industry knowledge and leadership potential
  • Giving voice to the profession with insightful and timely journals and newsletters
  • Serving as a thought leader in cutting-edge research and industry best practices
  • Advocating for the profession in a challenging regulatory environment

Our Global Core Values

To carry out this mission, we align our organization along with these five Global Core Values:

Respect for the Individual

We treat each other with respect and dignity, valuing individual and cultural differences. We communicate frequently and with candor, engaging in healthy debate and listening to each other, regardless of position or level. We work hard to create an environment that respects individuals in an atmosphere of open communication, growth, and learning.

Passion for Serving Members

We enable individuals to use their capabilities to the fullest to deliver exemplary products and services to members. That enablement extends to being passionate advocates in advancing our global profession. We care for all members and each other building enduring relationships and driving continuous improvement. We appropriately recognize our volunteer leaders, who are so giving of their time and expertise.

Highest Standards of Integrity and Trust

We understand and abide by the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice in our everyday actions. Our personal conduct ensures that the IMA name is always worthy of trust—our members around the globe deserve nothing less. We treat each other fairly, keep our promises, make decisions objectively, take responsibility for our actions, and admit our mistakes. We maintain confidentiality as appropriate.

Innovation and Continuous Improvement

We believe innovation and a spirit of continuous improvement are engines that keep us relevant, vital, and growing. Our culture embraces creativity and seeks different perspectives. We behave like owners of a “business,” managing risks and identifying new opportunities to serve members and advance the profession.

Teaming to Achieve

We encourage and reward both individual and team achievements, proactively working across organizational boundaries to always “remember the member.” Our spirit of team achievement extends to advancing our profession and to being responsible and caring partners within our various communities.