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Meeting today’s financial and reporting challenges

The global business landscape is being reshaped by transformational events and trends. And that means the financial and reporting environment is also being reshaped, resulting in significant challenges for management, boards, audit committees and auditors.

We can help you understand and address today's most critical financial and reporting issues.

  • Accounting change

    Sweeping changes to accounting standards are coming — are you ready?

    You operate in an increasingly uncertain business environment, complicated by the unprecedented range of potential changes to accounting standards. In this environment, management and audit committees are asking what they should be doing today to ready themselves for such significant change.

    The IASB and FASB have undertaken a number of ambitious standard-setting projects to improve both IFRS and US generally accepted accounting principles as well as to work to achieve convergence. These new standards, when issued, are expected to significantly alter accounting treatments and disclosures in several critical areas, including financial instruments, leases and revenue recognition. The number of standards being revised is significant, but of greater importance is how the accounting for common transactions will change as a result of these standards.

  • Fraud

    Fraud, bribery and corruption continue to expose companies to heightened financial, regulatory and reputational risk

    The findings of our 15th Global Fraud Survey contains insights from business leaders on the risks and challenges organizations face in fighting fraud and corruption in an era of significant technological advance. The survey discusses how companies are addressing these risks through enhanced technologies and increased compliance efforts. The survey found that more than one-third of business leaders see fraud and corruption as one of their greatest risks.

    There exists a real need for companies and those charged with their governance and oversight, to revisit their focus on the risks of fraud, bribery and corruption. Given the current environment, more robust anti-fraud and anti-corruption efforts are an imperative.

  • Sustainability reporting

    A growing trend toward disclosure of nonfinancial information

    In the face of mounting pressure to be transparent, an increasing number of organizations are choosing to report on sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR). Sustainability reports help internal and external stakeholders understand how well the organization adheres to the "triple bottom line" of environmental, social and economic performance.

    Seven things you should know about sustainability reporting

    1. 3,000+ companies issue sustainability reports.
    2. Stakeholders increasingly expect companies to provide sustainability reports.
    3. Sustainability reporting can bring operational improvements, strengthen compliance, and enhance corporate reputation.
    4. Reports should contain key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to the reporter's industry such as materiality, stakeholder inclusiveness, sustainability context, and completeness.
    5. Sustainability reports are more closely monitored than ever before.
    6. Sustainability reporting presents many challenges, including:
      • Data consistency
      • Striking a balance between positive and negative information
      • Continually improving performance
      • Keeping reports readable and concise
    7. Sustainability reports can be a valuable communications tool. They can help with cutting costs, efficiency, achieving business imperatives and accountability.

    Visit the Climate Change and Sustainability Services site.

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