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Pre-meeting summaries for the January IASB meeting

24 Jan 2020

The IASB will meet in London on 28–30 January 2020 to discuss twelve topics. We have posted our pre-meeting summaries for the meeting that allow you to follow the IASB’s decision making more closely. For each topic to be discussed, we summarise the agenda papers made available by the IASB staff and point out the main issues to be discussed by the IASB and the staff recommendations.

Provisions (Thu 0945-1030): The staff recommend that the Board add a project to amend IAS 37 to align the IAS 37 liability definition and requirements for identifying liabilities with the Conceptual Framework (including potentially withdrawing IFRIC 21); clarifying which costs to include in the measure of a provision; and specifying whether the rate at which an entity discounts a provision for the time value of money should reflect the entity’s own credit risk.

Amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts (Thu 1320-1535): The Board will discuss some of the topics where it had decided to consider the feedback from respondents further, specifically:

  • the scope exclusion from IFRS 17 for some credit card contracts (recommend confirm the proposed scope exclusion with some changes);
  • Transition—the prohibition from applying the risk mitigation option retrospectively (recommend to retain, unchanged);
  • Business combinations—contracts acquired in their settlement period (recommendation to retain, unchanged);
  • Interim Financial Statements (recommend changing the requirements); and
  • Asset for insurance acquisition cash flows—transition and business combinations (recommend changing the requirements).

IBOR Reform and the Effects on Financial Reporting (Thu 1050-1220): The Board will consider recommendation from the staff in relation to the end of application of the Phase 1 exceptions from specific hedge accounting requirements in IFRS 9 and IAS 39 in the context of interest rate benchmark reform (IBOR reform); the potential effects of IBOR reform on IFRS Standards other than those related to financial instruments accounting; and potential disclosure requirements to accompany the tentative decisions the Board has made during Phase 2 of the IBOR project.

Pension Benefits that Depend on Asset Returns (Wed 1530-1600): The staff are recommending that the Board consider amending IAS 19 to cap the projected cash flows when benefits vary with the level of returns on specified assets, so that they do not exceed the discount rate specified by IAS 19. The change would be to address the inconsistency in IAS 19 that the variability (risk) in the future asset returns is reflected only in the cash flows and not in the discount rate applied to those cash flows. The staff are asking Board members for comments.

Disclosure Initiative (Wed 1630-1800): The Board will continue its discussions of potential revisions to the disclosure requirements in IAS 19 and recommend that the Board refine some of its tentative decisions relating to defined benefit plans, multi-employer plans and group plans. 

IFRS 3 reference to the Conceptual Framework (Thu 0930-0945): The staff recommend that the effective date of the updated references to the Conceptual Framework in IFRS 3 be 1 January 2022. The new references would apply to business combinations that occur in any annual reporting period starting after that date, with earlier application permitted.

Subsidiaries that are SMEs (Tue 1100-1230): The staff recommend that the Board develop an ED as soon as possible proposing reduced disclosure requirements for subsidiaries that are SMEs.

Business Combinations under Common Control (Wed 1400-1530): The Board has decided that the acquisition method, as set out in IFRS 3, should be required for listed acquirers that have NCI. They have received feedback from some sectors that a predecessor should apply to all common-control business combinations. The staff recommend no change to the decisions already made.  The staff also set out their recommendations for recognition and measurement applying a predecessor approach.

The staff will give updates on:

  • the feedback received on the proposed update to the IFRS Taxonomy to reflect the amendments made to IFRS Standards in 2019 in response to IBOR reforms (Thu 1535-1605);
  • the ED for rate-regulated activities (Thu 1045-1050);
  • work being undertaken on research projects and the research pipeline (Thu 1030-1045); and
  • recent activities of the IFRS Interpretations Committee (Wed 1600-1615).

More information

Our pre-meeting summaries are available on our January meeting notes page and will be supplemented with our popular meeting notes after the meeting.

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IBC discusses Big4 report on reporting sustainability information at WEF

24 Jan 2020

At the World Economic Forum (WEF), the chief executive officers of many of the world’s largest companies expressed support for aligning on a core set of metrics and disclosures in their annual reports on the non-financial aspects of business performance such as greenhouse gas emissions and strategies, diversity, employee health and well-being and other factors.

The International Business Council (IBC) of the WEF discussed a proposal prepared by the Forum in collaboration with the Big Four accounting firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC – titled Toward Common Metrics and Consistent Reporting of Sustainable Value Creation. The proposal recommends a set of core metrics and recommended disclosures. The intent is for the metrics to be reflected in the mainstream annual reports of companies on a consistent basis across industry sectors and countries.

The proposed metrics and recommended disclosures have been organized into four pillars that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and principal Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) domains. They are:

Principles of Governance Planet People Prosperity
aligned with SDGs 12, 16 and 17 aligned with SDGs 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 15 aligned with SDGs 1,3, 4, 5 and 10 aligned with SDGs 1, 8, 9 and 10
focuses on a company’s commitment to ethics and societal benefit looks at the themes of climate sustainability and environmental responsibility examines the roles human and social capital play in business focuses on business contributions to equitable, innovative growth

The metrics are drawn, wherever possible, from existing standards and disclosures such as GRI, SASB, TCFD, CDSB and others. Instead of reinventing the wheel by creating a new standard, they aim to amplify and elevate the rigorous work that has already been done by these initiatives, bringing their most material aspects into mainstream reports on a consistent basis.

Adoption of such recommended universal metrics and disclosures by IBC companies is intended to be a catalyst for greater alignment and synergy among existing ESG standards and ultimately a system-wide solution, such as a generally accepted international accounting or other reporting standard drawn from best practice.

Please click to download Toward Common Metrics and Consistent Reporting of Sustainable Value Creation from the WEF website.

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2020 required and annotated required IFRS Standards now available

23 Jan 2020

The IFRS Foundation announces that the annual publication formerly known as the 'Blue Book' is now available.

The Required IFRS Standards 2020 publication contains all official pronouncements that are mandatory on 1 January 2020. It does not include IFRSs with an effective date after 1 January 2020. The Annotated Required IFRS Standards 2020 includes the same content as Required IFRS Standards 2020, but with additional annotations containing extensive cross-references, explanatory notes and IFRS Interpretations Committee agenda decisions.

The books are available in electronic format for subscribers to eIFRS Professional. Printed copies of the books are available for sale through the IASB's web shop.

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IASB finalises amendments to IAS 1 to clarify the classification of liabilities

23 Jan 2020

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has issued 'Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current (Amendments to IAS 1)' providing a more general approach to the classification of liabilities under IAS 1 based on the contractual arrangements in place at the reporting date.

 

Background

The issue was originally addressed as part of the annual improvements project 2010 -2012 cycle. Exposure Draft ED/2012/1 Annual Improvements to IFRSs (2010—2012 Cycle), published in May 2012, proposed amendments to IAS 1.73 to clarify that a liability is classified as non-current if an entity expects, and has the discretion, to refinance or roll over an obligation for at least twelve months after the reporting period under an existing loan facility with the same lender, on the same or similar terms. During 2013, however, the IASB decided not to finalise the amendment, but instead pursue a narrow-scope project to refine the existing guidance in IAS 1 on when liabilities should be classified as current.

In February 2015, the Board published its proposals in the Exposure Draft  ED/2015/1 Classification of Liabilities (Proposed amendments to IAS 1). The Board discussed feedback on the ED from December 2015 to September 2019, pausing the project between 2016 and 2018 while it finalised revisions to the definition of a liability in the Conceptual Framework. As a result of these discussions, the Board made no fundamental changes to the proposed amendments but decided to clarify some aspects of them.

 

Amendments

The amendments in Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current (Amendments to IAS 1) affect only the presentation of liabilities in the statement of financial position — not the amount or timing of recognition of any asset, liability income or expenses, or the information that entities disclose about those items. They:

  • clarify that the classification of liabilities as current or non-current should be based on rights that are in existence at the end of the reporting period and align the wording in all affected paragraphs to refer to the "right" to defer settlement by at least twelve months and make explicit that only rights in place "at the end of the reporting period" should affect the classification of a liability;
  • clarify that classification is unaffected by expectations about whether an entity will exercise its right to defer settlement of a liability; and
  • make clear that settlement refers to the transfer to the counterparty of cash, equity instruments, other assets or services.

 

 

Effective date and transition

The amendments are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022 and are to be applied retrospectively. Earlier application is permitted.

 

Additional information

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IFRS Interpretations Committee holds January 2020 meeting

23 Jan 2020

The IFRS Interpretations Committee held a video meeting on Tuesday 21 January 2020 to finalise one agenda decision. We have posted Deloitte observer notes for the technical issues discussed during this meeting.

Agenda decision to finalise

IFRS 16 Leases—Definition of a Lease-Shipping Contract: The Committee decided, by a vote of 11, to finalise the agenda decision with two amendments to wording.

Work in progress

There were no new matters that have not yet been presented to the Committee.

More information

Please click to access the detailed notes taken by Deloitte observers.

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January 2020 IASB meeting agenda posted

20 Jan 2020

The IASB has posted the agenda for its next meeting, which will be held at its offices in London on 28–30 January 2020. There are twelve topics on the agenda.

The Board will discuss the following:

  • Subsidiaries that are SMEs
  • Business combinations under common control
  • Pensions benefits that depend on asset returns
  • Implementation matters
  • Disclosure initiative: Targeted standards-level review of disclosures
  • Reference to the Conceptual Framework (Amendments to IFRS 3)
  • Provisions
  • Research programme update
  • Rate-regulated activities update
  • IBOR reform and the effects on financial reporting
  • Amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts
  • Taxonomy – IBOR Update

The full agenda for the meeting can be found here. We will post any updates to the agenda, our comprehensive pre-meeting summaries as well as observer notes from the meeting on this page as they become available.

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FRC Lab report shows need for improved workforce reporting

20 Jan 2020

A new report from the Financial Reporting Lab of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) reveals that reporting on workforce-related issues needs to improve to meet investor needs.

The Lab’s report provides practical guidance and examples on how companies can provide improved information to investors. It encourages companies to think of the workforce as a strategic asset and explain how it is invested in. Alongside the report, the Lab also published a summary of the report covering questions companies should ask themselves about their reporting on workforce matters.

Please click for the following additional information on the FRC website:

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IFRS Foundation appoints new IASB Board member

20 Jan 2020

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation have announced the appointment of Bruce Mackenzie as IASB Board member.

Mr Mackenzie is currently serving as a member of the IFRS Interpretations Committee, where his term ends 30 June 2020. He is a chartered accountant and registered auditor in South Africa, has been a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Council of South Africa, and chairs the Pan African Federation of Accountants’ (PAFA) technical standard-setters forum. Mr Mackenzie will fill the Africa seat, succeeding Darrel Scott, who steps down at the end of September 2020.

For more information, please see the press release on the IASB website.

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Global accountancy bodies call for improved SDG disclosures

20 Jan 2020

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the World Benchmarking Alliance have jointly published a report calling for improved UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) disclosures.

The report follows on the consultation paper Recommendations for SDG Disclosures and considers feedback from the consultation. The recommendations for SDG Disclosure are designed to be both used in conjunction with existing reporting frameworks and neutral with respect to them. The recommendations are also SDG specific, recognising the complexity and interconnectedness of the sustainable development issues that the SDGs address.

Please click for the following information on the IIRC website:

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CMAC seeks members

17 Jan 2020

The Capital Markets Advisory Committee (CMAC) is seeking new members and welcomes applications from analysts and investors from all over the world.

New members will start on 1 January 2021 for a term of three years, renewable once for a further three years. For more information, see the press release on the IASB website.

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