UK FRC launches 'Financial Reporting Lab'

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16 Oct 2011

The United Kingdom Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has launched a 'Financial Reporting Lab' which aims to bring together companies and investors to identify practical solutions to reporting problems, such as the length and complexity of reports and financial statements.

The Lab is expected to focus on helping quoted UK companies communicate more effectively with investors and analysts. Listed companies from all industries and of all sizes are being invited to participate, along with professional investors and the retail shareholder community.

The priorities of the Lab will be determined primarily by companies and investors. Projects that have been suggested to date include relatively simple improvements to the notes to the financial statements, a review of the effectiveness of elements of narrative reporting and governance information, the potential to revisit the use of websites versus physical reports, and the materiality of specific disclosures.

The establishment of the Lab follows other initiatives such as the United Kingdom Accounting Standards Board report on cutting clutter, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) report on reducing disclosures under IFRSs, and the wider call for integrated reporting.

Click for FRC press release (link to UK FRC website).

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