Investing in advocacy, or: raise our voices!

I was intrigued by a recent article on Why Sustainable Investment Means Investing in Advocacy, by Alan Schwartz and Reuben Finighan The article points out that sustainable investment movements “however promising, assume there’s no need for a trade-off between returns and social and environmental impact. They are grounded in the idea that investors and corporations…

Financial reporting at Kraft Heinz – we cook it all!

SEC Charges The Kraft Heinz Company and Two Former Executives for Engaging in Years-Long Accounting Scheme, announces a recent news release Here are some extracts: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged The Kraft Heinz Company with engaging in a long-running expense management scheme that resulted in the restatement of several years of financial reporting.…

Decision-making in the age of complexity: it ain’t easy!

CPA Canada has issued Complexity and the professional accountant: Practical guidance for ethical decision-making, the first of four thought leadership papers. The paper builds on a collaborative exploratory paper and global roundtable event held jointly with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the International Federation of Accountants. The broad guiding notion is as…

Liquidity risk – give us the worst case!

A European example of issues arising in classifying liabilities for purposes of liquidity disclosures Here’s another of the issues arising from extracts of enforcement decisions issued in the past by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA); this is from their 24th edition: The issuer issued loan notes (i.e. financial liabilities) that all have a…

Reducing disclosures for subsidiaries – why stop there?

IASB proposes reduced disclosure requirements for subsidiaries, announces a recent news release Here’s the summary: The proposals respond to feedback from stakeholders and are designed to ease financial reporting for eligible subsidiaries while meeting the needs of the users of their financial statements. The proposed Standard would be available to subsidiaries without public accountability—companies that…

Earnings management and the environment – we hit you either way

When companies massage the books, the environment takes a hit, indicates a recent article on the Canadian Accountant website Here are some extracts: Earnings management may be a form of financial fraud, but there are plenty of defenders who say accounting standards allow for managerial discretion in reporting earnings. Besides, when firms manipulate their books, aren’t they hurting…

Business combinations under common control – we cover it all!

Let’s return to the IASB’s discussion paper Business Combinations under Common Control, on which comments are requested by September 1, 2021. As we covered here, the main proposal is that fair-value information should be provided when a business combination under common control affects shareholders outside the group. In all other cases, the Board is suggesting…