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Independent Standard-Setting Boards
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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Risk Management & Internal Control
Proper risk management and internal control help organizations understand the risks they are exposed to, put controls in place to counter threats, and effectively pursue their objectives. They are therefore an important aspect of an organization’s governance, management, and operations. Professional accountants can and should play a leading role in helping their organizations achieve an integrated, organization-wide approach to risk management and internal control—which ultimately helps create, enhance, and protect stakeholder value. Read More
This report examines how the quality and value of risk reporting can be improved. It reviews current practice in risk reporting, the barriers to better risk reporting, the wishes of users, and the concerns of preparers.
Provides scoping and assessment ideas, approaches and guidance in support of the IT-related Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission’s (COSO) revised internal control objectives for financial reporting.
This report endeavours to measure, and to describe, transnational corruption based on data from the 427 foreign bribery cases that have been concluded since the entry into force of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in 1999.
COSO launched an online survey for its current project to review and update the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework. The survey seeks input and feedback from interested parties and is designed to capture views and insights regarding the current Framework and to collect suggestions for improvements.
The report identifies three central themes that are critical to fraud deterrence and detection—strong “tone at the top,” skepticism, and robust communications—and explains how financial supply chain participants can incorporate these important traits into their efforts and their organizations.
This update to the 2013 Audit Insights: Cyber Security report raises specific issues and concerns that auditors are aware of in the cyber-security enviornment.
Examines the pivotal role of the governing body and of senior management and others in developing effective strategic risk management in an institution.
- Materiality Matters: Why Don't Companies Have to Disclose Sustainability Risk?
April 28, 2015 - Green Biz
- US: “Pervasive” Pressure Challenges Internal Audit’s Objectivity
March 18, 2015 - Journal of Accountancy
- New Internal Control Standards Deadline Passes Unmarked, for Some
March 3, 2015 - Wall Street Journal CFO Journal
- Nearly One in Three a Financial Fraud Victim: CPA Canada Survey
February 27, 2015 - CPA Canada
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