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The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
The International Accounting Education Standards Board establishes standards, in the area of professional accounting education, that prescribe technical competence and professional skills, values, ethics, and attitudes.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
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High-quality business reporting is at the heart of strong and sustainable organizations, financial markets, and economies. It allows organizations to present a cohesive explanation of their business and helps them engage with internal and external stakeholders, including customers, employees, shareholders, creditors, and regulators, while also promoting better internal decision making. Professional accountants are integral to all phases of organizational reporting. Read More
Make sure your accounting and reporting systems are up to date with this year-end round up reporting alert.
Nick Topazio, ACMA, CGMA, explains how companies can adopt integrated thinking and decision-making processes that are fundamental to the creation of an integrated report.
Countries’ Adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs)–Early Empirical Evidence
December 3, 2014 - Taylor & Francis Online
The International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs) is increasingly being adopted in a number of jurisdictions. Despite the economic importance of non-publicly accountable entities, little is known about what factors influence countries' decisions to adopt IFRS for SMEs. In a unique sample of 128 countries, they find that countries that are not capable of developing their own local generally accepted accounting principles are more likely to adopt IFRS for SMEs. Overall, the results are helpful in understanding the worldwide diffusion of IFRS for SMEs. Standard setters and regulators might consider the study in the future development of accounting harmonisation of non-publicly accountable entities.
For supreme audit institutions (SAIs) the adoption of the cash-basis IPSAS is a welcome development, as the International Standards of SAIs list IPSAS as an acceptable general purpose financial reporting framework. This article (pages 15-19) deals with some of the challenges faced by SAIs when auditing cash-basis IPSAS financial statements.
This assists new preparers of integrated reports with suggestions for planning and preparing an integrated report drawing on the wisdom of some of South Africa’s most experienced reporters.
From the perspective of price informativeness, quarterly reporting (QR) is generally considered as more desirable than semi-annual reporting because it brings more timely updates about the company´s operations to investors. An important caveat to note, however, is that the accounting information in quarterly reports usually contains more noise than semi-annual or annual reports, especially when QR is prepared on the "discrete basis."
The first report in the IIRC's Creating Value series brings together trends, research, market views, and case studies on Integrated Reporting (IR). It considers value to the board and provides a rich resource for organizations adopting IR, with views from those already on the IR journey, and evidence of the practical value of IR in today´s fast-moving markets.
- The Accounting Rules That Bankrupt Cities
November 23, 2015 - The Atlantic
- Shareholder Activism May Decline Next Year
November 12, 2015 - CFO.com
- IFAC Study Shows Accountancy Strongly Linked to Prosperity, Improved Living Standards
November 12, 2015 - IFAC
- Why 'Integrated Reporting' Attracts Investors
November 11, 2015 - Forbes
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