Category Archives: Improve Company Governance

Do Company Policies Exist If They’re Not Documented?

Policy management provides the foundation for your Governance, Risk management, and Compliance (GRC) program. Business governance is about directing and controlling your organization. Risk management is how you handle the various risks to your company — whether you eliminate, mitigate, or accept them. Continue reading Do Company Policies Exist If They’re Not Documented?

What is an Employee Code of Conduct?

Your Employee Code of Conduct applies to all employees of your organization including officers, directors, and employees of the company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Your Code of Conduct is a key governance best practice that guides your business policies, procedures, and practices. It is in the best interest of your company and its stakeholders that you adopt and implement a Business Code of Conduct to, among other things, help ensure compliance with standards, laws and regulations applicable to all business activities. Continue reading What is an Employee Code of Conduct?

Implementing Financial Controls

Implementing Financial Controls

You may be familiar with the COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) framework for internal control. COSO has received significant attention when referenced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) as an example of an “internal control” system as required by Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) sections 302 and 404. Continue reading Implementing Financial Controls

How Will IFRS Convergence Impact You?

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started making rules for the utilization of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) – essentially GAAP and IFRS convergence. The SEC developed a “road map” for the use of financial statements. AICPA has been instrumental in paving the way for the adoption of IFRS. Continue reading How Will IFRS Convergence Impact You?

How Can You Make Working for Your Parents a Success?

More than one son or daughter of a company founder has been coaxed into the family business in the years before dad’s retirement. Dad wants to back away from the business. “Planning for a graceful exit”, he says. “And”, he continues, “You are the heir to the company business.” Dad says that he realizes that it will take some time to transition out and transition you in. How can you make working for your parents a success? Continue reading How Can You Make Working for Your Parents a Success?