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The recent financial and economic crises exposed many corporate governance weaknesses—but, at the same time, they created momentum for change. Effective governance encourages better organizational decision-making, accountability, and robust scrutiny of organizational performance. Accountants are in an excellent position to ensure that governance is integrated into the very DNA of their organizations, which has been identified as critical to its effectiveness. Read More
Argues that while there has been considerable attention on issues such as the structure of the board and its committees, there needs to be more emphasis on how well the board oversees strategy and risk, as well as the appropriate behaviors required to fulfill this task effectively.
Toward Effective Governance of Financial Institutions
January 1, 2012 - Group of Thirty
The report stresses that values influence the behavior of those with governance responsibilities and the key to reform is to promote changes in the ways in which these individuals think about their responsibilities.
Highlights the environmental and social issues directors need to consider, providing an understanding of the potential business implications of these issues and offers questions that directors might ask in discharging their oversight responsibilities.
The Guidelines provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in areas such as employment and industrial relations, human rights, environment, information disclosure, combating bribery, consumer interests, science and technology, competition, and taxation.
Consolidates the important aspects of embedding sustainability into the DNA of an organization and can be applied to entities of all sizes and complexities. The Framework focuses on the integration of sustainability factors from three perspectives--business strategy, operational, and reporting--and highlights the important roles that professional accountants play in facilitating the sustainable development of their organizations.
Features the recommendation from 25 prominent business leaders on what should be done to effectively improve governance (including risk management and internal control), the financial reporting process, audit, and the usefulness of business reports in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008. The report provides a summary of interviewees' recommendations in each area and highlights some of IFAC's related initiatives.
Investigates what a long-term approach looks like in practice and the challenges faced by companies that want to lengthen their horizons and create sustainable enterprises.
August 16, 2014 - The Economist
July 28, 2014 - The Nation
July 3, 2014 - IFAC and CIPFA
June 24, 2014 - Public Finance International
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