3 February 2021 — Publication
When a company collapses, all stakeholders are affected, from employees to investors, and it eventually erodes the public’s trust in financial markets.
This publication, with its counterpart on fraud, presents recommendations to strengthen the financial reporting ecosystem. This is especially topical after recent corporate failures, fraud cases and companies getting under pressure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We thus re-examine the role of key parties to make the system more resilient: those within the company, external auditors, standard setters, legislators and public oversight authorities.
The system should become better at dealing with and communicating on issues with a company’s ability to continue as a ‘going concern’. Simply put, if it will remain in business for the next 12 months. With this aim, we propose the following recommendations:
We also invite relevant parties to explore whether and, if so, how assessing companies’ longer-term viability and resilience, and interconnecting of financial and non-financial information could contribute to this aim.
We call for a joint effort of key parties to strengthen the ecosystem. To this end, we ask you to send your thoughts and opinions on our recommendations to [email protected]. The original deadline for submissions – 30 April 2021 – has been extended to 30 May 2021.