IFAC Survey Highlights Need for Further International Alignment of Risk Management and Internal Control Guidelines

Feb 28, 2011 | New York | English

Risk management and internal control frameworks, standards, and/or guidance should be aligned internationally, according to the results of the Risk Management and Internal Control Survey released by the IFAC Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee. With over 600 responses from around the globe and from all types of organizations, the survey results also highlighted that:

  • risk management and internal control systems should be better integrated into the governance, strategy, and operations of organizations; and
  • risk management and internal control guidelines should be combined into a set of integrated guidelines, as both elements are integral parts of an effective governance framework.

As many organizations have international activities, further international alignment of risk management and internal control guidelines would benefit their operations and compliance processes, reducing costs and allowing for the comparison of these systems across borders and, thus, increasing investor confidence.

Recommended Next Steps
Respondents recommend that national and international standard-setting bodies and professional associations, as well as the relevant regulators, collaborate to (a) determine the major similarities and differences between the various guidelines, (b) compile leading risk management and internal control practices, and (c) consider the benefits of further integration and international alignment of regulations and guidelines in the area of governance, risk management, and internal control. Respondents would like to see these discussions lead to the establishment of an international, integrated framework. To further international alignment, existing national guidelines could be expanded or modified—with allowances made for specific national circumstances—to meet the principles of an international framework.

The survey analysis, Global Survey on Risk Management and Internal Control—Results, Analysis, and Proposed Next Steps, is available at http://www.ifac.org/publications-resources/global-survey-risk-management-and-internal-control.

About the PAIB Committee
The PAIB Committee (www.ifac.org/paib) serves IFAC member bodies and the more than one million professional accountants worldwide who work in commerce, industry, financial services, the public sector, education, and the not-for-profit sector. Its aim is to promote and contribute to the value of professional accountants in business by increasing awareness of the important roles professional accountants play, supporting member bodies in enhancing the competence of their members, and facilitating the communication and sharing of good practices and ideas.

About IFAC
IFAC (www.ifac.org) 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. It is comprised of 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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