New IFAC Guidance Helps Accountants Improve Business Reporting Processes

Jan 17, 2013 | New York, New York | English

The Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization for the accountancy profession with members and associates in 129 countries, has issued new International Good Practice Guidance, Principles for Effective Business Reporting Processes. This principles-based guidance establishes a benchmark for professional accountants in business to establish more effective business processes in the organizations in which they work.

"An organization’s sustainable success depends on the support of stakeholders and the quality of their decision making,” said Roger Tabor, chair of the PAIB Committee. “High-quality reporting is essential to both, and needs effective business processes to deliver it."

This guidance is directed at all organizations wishing to enhance their reporting processes—no matter their size or structure, or whether they are private or public, as all organizations should have effective reporting processes to provide high-quality reports for their internal and external stakeholders.

“Professional accountants in business are often involved in the design, planning, execution, audit, evaluation, and improvement—or, in short, the implementation—of their organizations’ reporting processes,” said Karyn Brooks, chair of the PAIB Committee’s Business Reporting Task Force. “This International Good Practice Guidance covers the primary issues professional accountants in business should address in implementing effective reporting processes in their organizations.”

About International Good Practice Guidance
International Good Practice Guidance (IGPG) issued by the PAIB Committee cover areas of international and strategic importance in which professional accountants in business are likely to engage. In issuing principles-based guidance, IFAC seeks to foster a common and consistent approach to those aspects of the work of professional accountants in business not covered by international standards. IFAC seeks to clearly identify principles that are generally accepted internationally and applicable to organizations of all sizes in commerce, industry, education, and the public and not-for-profit sectors. Previously issued IGPGs are available on the IFAC website, including Preface to IFAC’s International Good Practice Guidance.

About the PAIB Committee
The PAIB Committee serves IFAC member bodies and professional accountants worldwide who work in commerce, industry, financial services, education, and the public and the not-for-profit sectors. 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 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 173 members and associates in 129 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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