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Understanding and communicating value creation: the role of the CFO and finance function

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Jun 25, 2020

On June 25, 2020, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have released new guidance for CFOs and finance teams to navigate their organizations toward long-term value creation. Among the actionable insights is driving priorities for value creation into decision making and reporting.

As companies experience unprecedented economic disruption, many are rethinking their fundamental purpose and strategy. To help steer their organizations toward long-term value creation, it is recommended that Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and finance functions need to ensure that all relevant information around value creation, performance, opportunities, risks and trade-offs is available to internal decision makers, investors and other capital providers.

To support CFOs and their finance teams in this context the IFAC, IIRC, AICPA and CIMA have issued new guidance on accounting for, and reporting on, what matters, namely “The CFO and Finance Function Role in Value Creation”, and its supplementary report, “Understanding Value”. 

These documents contain actionable insights for CFOs, finance teams and other business leaders to sharpen their perspective on value creation beyond the financials. They also include detailed guidance on developing a corporate scorecard that provides an integrated view of value and performance. This involves capturing information across three value perspectives: societal, business, and balance sheet.

For further details, refer to the press release and the related documents on the IFAC web­site.

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