Steps leading to gold star

4 December, 2020

Evidence builds for introduction of new audit committee standards

Audit committees should brace themselves for significant change after a new report prompted the UK audit watchdog to suggest it provides support for the introduction of new audit standards. Accordi...
Stock market listings

23 November, 2020

UK to review dual-class shares as part of consultation on listings

Dual-class shares, long a point of friction in financial markets around the world, are set to become a battleground in the UK. The development comes after the chancellor Rishi Sunak included shares wi...
Melting ice cap

19 November, 2020

Roadmap to mandatory TCFD reporting ‘should focus minds’

When it comes to mandatory climate-related risk reporting there isn’t as much time as recent headlines might suggest. The government has said the legal framework to make it compulsory will be in pla...
auditor

29 September, 2020

ICAEW report reveals a quarter of non-PIE audits require improvement

The majority of non-public interest entity (PIE) audits are good. But a quarter need either improvement or significant improvement. That’s the conclusion of a
Stock market board

15 September, 2020

Share buybacks criticised for ‘short-term self-enrichment’ of executives

Share buybacks have earned themselves an unenviable reputation in recent years. And now they—and the executives who use them—are under attack again. Analysts this week unveiled a new scoring sy...
PwC audit building, London

4 September, 2020

PwC loses top spot in the FTSE 100 audit rankings to KPMG

For those intrigued by the arcane world of audit a small earthquake has just occured. PwC, for some time the UK’s most significant auditor of FTSE 100 companies, has lost its top position. Resear...
financial disclosures during covid pandemic

28 August, 2020

Corporate disclosures and investor relations ‘impaired by Covid-19’

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has posed many challenges for companies, but among the top concerns for audit committees has been corporate disclosures and the relationship with shareholders. Af...
Misconduct or ethical lapses are more lekly when people are under stress

3 August, 2020

How the impact of Covid-19 could cause an epidemic of misconduct

There have been many positive stories during the pandemic of people and organisations supporting the cause, from frontline health and key workers to Captain Sir Tom Moore’s fundraising heroics, to f...

27 July, 2020

A blueprint for business to transition to a nature-positive future

The average person today is 4.4 times richer and lives 25 years longer than in 1950. The Great Acceleration, however, has been brought to a screeching halt by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is clear ...