Boards of Directors have a critical governance role in enhancing confidence in integrated corporate reporting

Boards of Directors have a critical governance role in enhancing confidence in integrated corporate reporting

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IFAC releases second installment of integrated reporting assurance series

(May 25, 2022)

Integrated reporting has been adopted as a market-led initiative by thousands of private and public sector organizations around the world to help them understand and communicate their value creation and performance to investors and other stakeholders.

To enhance trust in integrated corporate reporting, boards need to oversee the integrity of the integrated report and underlying reporting process. To help them, IFAC has worked in partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) to develop Executing the Board’s Governance Responsibility for Integrated Reporting—the second installment in IFAC’s integrated reporting assurance series. It highlights how boards execute their accountability responsibility for integrated reporting and integrated reports with the coordination of all lines of governance and the support of internal auditors.

Board responsibility statements incorporate multiple internal assurance activities across all lines of governance and management and support the integrity of the integrated report and the underlying processes, systems, and information. This installment highlights the concepts and tools needed to deliver such statements. These can also be applied to regulated forms of management commentary in many parts of the world, including management discussion and analysis, strategic report, operating and financial review or the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

The IFRS Foundation’s announcement on the future of integrated reporting and the International Integrated Reporting Framework confirms that the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) will assume responsibility for the Framework from July,” said Kevin Dancey, IFAC CEO. “Within the IFRS Foundation, the Framework will be further developed to help companies prepare an integrated report and support connectivity between the reporting required by the IASB and the ISSB. This installment of IFAC’s integrated reporting assurance series shows how directors can deliver confidence in integrated reporting through coordinated and connected internal and external assurance activities.”

“As an integral component of effective organizational governance, internal audit plays a critical role in instilling trust and confidence in the completeness, accuracy, and reliability of the information that forms the basis of the organization’s integrated report,” said Anthony Pugliese, CIA, CPA, CGMA, CITP, president and CEO of The IIA. “As noted in the widely accepted Three Lines Model, internal audit provides objective assurance, independent from management, of internal controls critical to achieving organizational objectives, including objectives related to integrated thinking and reporting.”

Access Executing the Board’s Governance Responsibility for Integrated Reporting

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 180 members and associates in 135 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

About The IIA
Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida, USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

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