Find out how audit committees in five jurisdictions are progressing with efforts to provide enhanced disclosures about their oversight of the external audit process. Our second study of audit committee-related disclosures provides six key observations based on a review of 14 disclosure topics.
Many audit committees are providing enhanced disclosures about their work, whether in response to investor interest, good practice or changes in regulation. We reviewed and compared audit committee disclosures focused on their audit oversight role in five jurisdictions, and identified interesting trends.
Since the OECD Corporate Governance Principles were first adopted in 1999, they have served as the benchmark for governance frameworks globally. It is important that the revised Principles take account of new corporate governance developments. From our perspective, among the most significant improvements are the widespread acceptance and adoption of independent audit committees and independent audit regulators.
Our research shows that board diversity enhances corporate performance, and failing to address the gender gap can have economic consequences. Based on our observation of global trends, three factors can lead to progress on this issue: focused public sector attention, committed private sector leadership and corporate transparency to meet growing public demand for change.
To promote investor confidence in auditor independence and objectivity, we believe there should be greater transparency of the audit committee’s auditor oversight process so that shareholders have the information they need to properly evaluate an audit committee’s decision to retain or change the auditor. Our latest Point of view explains our proposal for shareholders to receive a report from the audit committee on a periodic basis detailing its oversight of the auditor and the audit process.