DFK President - Roland Graf
For many years, the member firms of DFK International, which now number over 200 independent firms, have been advising clients that seek support in all parts of the world. In more recent times, the range of services rendered has expanded widely and now exceeds the traditional areas like bookkeeping and payroll, accounting and assurance, tax compliance and general business advice.
Building on its 55 year-old tradition and the quality of its people, DFK offers clients with international needs a serious alternative to the big networks. Moreover, as an association of independent firms, it has the flexibility to identify and connect with experienced and knowledgeable advisers to act for clients in the specific service area that they need.
Our profession is confronted with an ever increasing pace of change as our business adapts to the influences of new media and the whirlwind of information technology developments. With these changes, the expectations of our clients increase, while at the same time we face the demands of new regulations, such as the electronical transfer of documents, reports and declarations (“robotic accounting”), which clearly shows us that we already reached the next level of industrialisation. But also other regulations such as dealing with Governance Risk and Compliance Rules as well as the automated exchange of electronical data between the authorities of the various countries imply new challenges for anyone doing business internationally.
Our DFK International committees are well aware of these developments and support the individual DFK member firms not only by sharing knowledge and best practice, but also to bring awareness of opportunities to render new, non-traditional services to meet the clients’ needs in the changing regulatory environment. The know-how and the experience already available within DFK International member firms and the permanent ambition to improve knowledge and practice, convinces me that our association is future-orientated and equipped with the means which our existing and future clients expect and desire from a competent business adviser.
I therefore encourage you to contribute to, and make the most of opportunities available through DFK committees, newsletters, meetings and conferences whether in your national group, region or internationally.
DFK is well-placed to help members meet the challenges of the future and we are poised to go from strength to strength as we adapt with strategic agility and operational flexibility to the changing environment. Together we make the world better connected.