FRC acts to increase transparency in corporate reporting
31 August 2011
Companies should improve the way they report to investors on the key strategic risks facing their businesses, according to two new reports published today by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
As a result of detailed consultations with companies, investors, auditors and other interested parties, the FRC proposes to ensure that company narrative reports focus primarily on strategic and major operational risks, rather than indiscriminate lists of risks that all companies face.
The ‘Turnbull Guidance’ will be updated, and the FRC will consider whether changes may also be needed to the UK Corporate Governance Code to reflect lessons from its work on risk and ensure the conclusions of the on-going Sharman Enquiry on going concern and liquidity risks are taken fully into account.
The FRC’s proposals on risk are part of a wide-ranging set of measures aimed at improving the quality of company reporting, and increasing the information provided by audit committees and auditors about the work that they have done and the judgements or decisions they have made.