Accountants work to counter climate change | Accounting Today

Accounting groups are reacting to the latest reports about the accelerated pace of climate change as global warming reaches record levels. Against the backdrop of the United Nations’ 25th annual Conference of the Parties, or COP25, in Madrid, the International Federation of Accountants published a Point of View on climate action to highlight the role…

German cabinet approves tougher oversight after Wirecard scandal | Reuters

The German cabinet passed a package of reforms to financial and accounting rules on Wednesday aimed at avoiding another Wirecard scandal amid criticism from opposition lawmakers who say the government’s measures do not go far enough. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the co-governing Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to extend the powers of the BaFin watchdog…

Our Audit of EY’s Apology for Wirecard Finds it Inadequate

Note use of passive voice and that faintest of excuses: it was really, really hard. Not acceptable when the auditor’s primary job is to verify the company’s accounts, and that included detecting fraud. “Many people believe that the fraud at Wirecard should have been detected earlier and we fully understand that,” Mr Di Sibio wrote…

SEC Report: U.S. Investors’ Exposure to Domestic Chinese Issuers

The accounting fraud at Lukin Coffee is just the latest reason to raise concerns about investment risks in Chinese companies. The SEC has issued a new report that includes the exposure of the biggest pension funds in the UA. Excerpts here (footnotes omitted), full report below. More than 150 China-based companies with a combined market…

Congress Gets Involved in Accounting Rules (Again) – The Dig

As part of the CARES Act, the coronavirus-relief measure enacted in late March, Congress is allowing banks to hold off on adopting a new method for them to record their losses on loans that aren’t repaid. The new rule – known as “CECL,” for current expected credit losses – forces banks to book and reserve…

CII Letter to SEC about PCAOB and China

The Council of Institutional Investors has written to the SEC to raise concerns about plans to cut back on investor protections and accounting oversight. The full letter is below. An excerpt (footnotes omitted): [We] respectfully request that the PCAOB investigate the matter to the extent possible and determine whether it is appropriate and in the…

Measuring What Matters

There is a groundswell of interest in metrics that go beyond our traditional financial view of companies. Many organizations have done extensive work on frameworks for ESG metrics, non-financial metrics, or integrated reporting, each targeted at a range of stakeholders including customers, employees, policymakers and investors. The challenge we often hear is that companies work…