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On the board agenda
Drawing on insights from our conversations with board directors around the world, each year the Board Leadership Center publishes our top priorities for boards. This year, we highlight twelve priority issues for boards to consider as they approach and execute their 2020 agendas.
The first time adoption of the 2020 Code on Corporate Governance (the ‘Code’) as of 1 January 2020, requires board attention across governance areas. To guide you in this respect, our full publication includes references to relevant key (new) elements of the new Code, where applicable.
On the audit committee agenda
Prioritizing a heavy audit committee agenda is never easy, and 2020 will be particularly challenging as the audit committee operates against a backdrop of global volatility and economic uncertainty, in a world where investors and stakeholders are becoming increasingly powerful and informed.
Drawing on insights from our conversations with audit committees and board directors in general, we highlight the eight issues that audit committees should keep in mind as they approach and execute their 2020 agendas:
- Controlling the agenda and reassessing whether the committee has the expertise and time to oversee the risks it has been assigned;
- Assessing the scope and quality of ESG disclosures, with investors demanding more information and seeking engagement with companies;
- Regulation will continue to ramp-up and put compliance systems to the test;
- Focusing on ethics and compliance, as the reputational costs of an ethics or compliance failure are higher than ever;
- Monitoring corporate reporting and carefully considering the detail provided in those areas of the annual report which are exposed to heightened levels of risk;
- Reinforcing audit quality and how your audit firm drives sustainable, improved audit quality, including their implementation and use of new technologies;
- Leveraging the impact of technology – what are the company’s plans to leverage robotics, cloud technologies, artificial intelligence and data analytics to improve efficiencies in the finance function?; and
- Broadening the benefit of internal audit and helping ensure that internal audit is focused on these key risks and related controls.
For more information on these priorities, read our full publication.