IFAC Proposes Principles-Based Guidance on Governance and Costing to Drive Organizational Performance

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    IFAC Proposes Principles-Based Guidance on Governance and Costing to Drive Organizational Performance

    As part of its ongoing commitment to support professional accountants in business and their organizations in enhancing governance and in assessing and delivering organizational performance, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee has released two new proposed International Good Practice Guidance documents for public comment. The proposed guidance addresses evaluating and improving governance structures and use of costing to support effective decision making.

    The newly released exposure draft, Evaluating and Improving Governance in Organizations, sets out a framework, a series of fundamental principles, practical guidance, and references on how to evaluate and improve governance in organizations. The purpose of this guidance is to assist professional accountants and their organizations in creating a balance between conformance with rules and regulations and organizational performance.

    The second proposed International Good Practice Guidance, Costing to Drive Organizational Performance, is designed to assist professional accountants in business in delivering useful cost information to support effective decision making and organizational performance. The proposed guidance sets out eight fundamental principles of costing that encourage a performance-based view of costing to help professional accountants in business to ensure that costing information supports forward-looking strategic and operational decisions.

    "This principles-based good practice guidance addresses key strategic and financial management issues that many professional accountants in business address in their daily work," states Edward Chow, Chair of the PAIB Committee. "Our goal is to develop principles-based guidance that offers a global perspective and places professional accountants in business at the heart of driving organizational performance."

    How to Comment
    Comments on the two proposed guidance documents are requested by September 23, 2008. They may be viewed by going to http://www.ifac.org/EDs. Comments may be submitted by email to EDComments@ifac.org. They may also be faxed to the attention of the PAIB Committee Technical Manager at +1-212-286-9570 or mailed to PAIB Committee Technical Manager at 545 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA.

    As part of a pilot project to further encourage user involvement in the development of good practice guidance, the PAIB Committee is inviting all those who are interested to provide comments on the proposed document, Evaluating and Improving Governance in Organizations, via an online feedback form, which can be accessed at http://www.ifac.org/governanceED.

    All comments will be considered a matter of public record and will ultimately be posted on the IFAC website. A summary of online feedback on the proposed governance guidance will also be posted on the IFAC website.
    About IFAC
    IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international standards on ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. Through its Professional Accountants in Business Committee, IFAC issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.



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