Business Reporting improves the quality and transparency of information companies provide so investors and other key stakeholders can make better informed decisions. The focus is on shifting the model from one that is based primarily on historical or lagging financial information to a model that incorporates relevant value drivers, financial and non-financial performance measures, and qualitative information around management’s strategy, plans, opportunities, and risks. This improved business reporting model delivers a broader view of current performance and greater understanding of an entity’s future. The AICPA is working on a number of initiatives in Business Reporting.
Initiative to enhance and consolidate existing reporting practices to move towards a reporting framework that provides the information needed to develop the global economic model to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) released the report, Integrating the Business Reporting Supply Chain that addresses elemental changes required to the current format of financial reporting to increase relevance and stakeholder value and stem the increasing complexity that has plagued financial reporting in recent years. Key business leaders from around the world were interviewed in the report that provides a summary of interviewees’ recommendations in each area and highlights some of IFAC’s related initiatives such as:
- what should be done to effectively improve governance
- the financial reporting process
- the audit
- the usefulness of business reports in the aftermath of the financial crisis
FINRA Investor Education Program grant with support from the EBRC presents findings of research that support the relevance of the enhanced information content included in the EBRC’s framework.