Disclosures on diversity, or: tap those innate abilities!

Canadian securities regulators propose changes to corporate governance disclosure practices and guidelines, announces a recent news release. Here’s an extract: The proposals use the term “identified group” to mean “a group of individuals with a shared personal characteristic, whose representation on the issuer’s board or in its executive officer positions has been identified by the…

Disclosing climate-related matters, or: not seaworthy!

As part of its activities, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) organizes a forum of enforcers from 38 different European jurisdictions, all of whom carry out monitoring and review programs similar to those carried out here by the Canadian Securities Administrators. ESMA recently published some extracts from its confidential database of enforcement decisions on…

Accounting for intangibles: good for the public, or even for accountants?

The UK Endorsement Board recently issued Accounting for Intangibles; UK Stakeholders’ Views. The report “summarizes the views of UK stakeholders and relevant literature about the accounting for intangibles in accordance with IFRS Accounting Standards.” The Board “will use these findings as an evidence base in its future work on intangibles, including future research work, developing…

Amendments to derecognition requirements, but keeping it narrow!

The IASB mentioned a while ago that to “reduce diversity in practice and assist with the consistent application of the derecognition requirements in IFRS 9, (it) decided to clarify that for the derecognition of financial assets (except for ‘regular way’ transactions) and financial liabilities, an entity applies settlement date accounting”… The exposure draft to make all…

Activision Blizzard: fair game?

This is from a recent SEC press release: As noted, the company did provide risk factor disclosure on this general area (sure, such disclosures are often skimmed over as “boilerplate,” but they’re there): Of course, any amount of generalized anything-could-happen disclosure can’t compensate for sustained underlying bad practice. Was this such a case? SEC commissioner…

Enhancing connectivity, or: …and you got me to look after you

The IASB recently added a project to its work plan to explore whether and how companies can provide better information about climate-related risks in their financial statements. Here’s how the news release summed it up: At the same time, the IASB issued two separate articles with “connectivity” in the title. Here’s an extract from one of them:…

More commentary on ESG, or: save our heart and soul!

A recent New York Times article by David Gelles explored “How Environmentally Conscious Investing Became a Target of Conservatives.” Here are some extracts: You know what else is a direct assault on the heart and soul of any economy? Irreversible environmental degradation and an unsustainable society, that’s what! The article has plenty more, with our…

Crypto assets held for others – maybe you see them, maybe you don’t!

Here’s the background to another issue recently discussed by CPA Canada’s IFRS Discussion Group The group discussed factors to consider when assessing whether crypto assets held by the Platform on behalf of others should be recognized in the Platform’s statement of financial position, something that (in common with everything crypto-related!) isn’t addressed directly in the…

Developing and drafting disclosure requirements: play it down the middle!

Here’s a portion of a recent IASB news release: The document sets out that to enable entities to make effective materiality judgements, the IASB, when drafting disclosure requirements, will typically: The IASB describes this as a “middle-ground” approach in that it’s more prescriptive than what it originally proposed, responding to the widespread skepticism described in…