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Study into the uptake of integrated reporting

06 Aug 2019

The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) has posted to its website a study 'Integrated Reporting and the Capitals’ Diffusion'. The study quantitatively analyses integrated reporting to determine the extent of diffusion of integrated reporting, the depth of integrated reporting adoption, and the extent and nature of the disclosure of multiple capitals.

The study was sponsored by the Autorité des Normes Comptables (ANC), the French standard setter, and was presented at the 8th Symposium on Accounting Research 2018 in Paris (a recording of the research forum is available here).

The project behind the study sought answers to the questions:

  • Where and by whom has integrated reporting been adopted?
  • To what extent has the International <IR> Framework been followed (‘depth’ of adoption)?
  • How are organisations reporting on the capitals?
  • Are integrated reporters using the GRI Standards too?

The research reveals that integrated reporting has matured into fast-paced diffusion around the world, but it also offers some interesting insights such as the fact that more developed countries are lagging in adoption, some companies developed integrated reports even before the International <IR> Framework was published, and the title ‘integrated report’ is not necessarily used - some integrated reports are labeled 'annual report' or 'sustainability report'.

Please click for the press release on the IIRC website, which offers a brief summary and access to the full report.

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IPSASB review of developments 2017-2018

06 Aug 2019

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has published 'Delivering for the Future: IPSASB 2017-2018 Biennial Review'.

The publication summarises the IPSASB’s achievements, challenges, and key developments in 2017 and 2018 and can be downloaded from the IPSASB website.

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IPSASB publishes proposed 'Improvements to IPSAS, 2019'

05 Aug 2019

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has published an exposure draft 'Improvements to IPSAS, 2018', which sets out proposed amendments to International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to address issues raised by stakeholders.

This year, the exposure draft does not include proposed amendments that aim at convergence with recent IASB amendments.

Candidates for such amendments would have the the IASB's Definition of Material (Amendments to IAS 1 and IAS 8) and Definition of Business (Amendments to IFRS 3), both issued in October 2018. However, on the definition of material the IPSASB decided not to amend the definition IPSAS 1 and IPSAS 3. Before making standards-level amendments the IPSASB will review the guidance on materiality in its own framework and in doing so will take account of the IASB’s amendments.

On the definition of a business the IPSASB decided not to amend the definition of an operation in IPSAS 40 (which draws on the definition of a business in IFRS 3) as the definition in IPSAS 40 applies to amalgamations as well as to acquisitions while some of the additional guidance in IFRS 3 would only be relevant to acquisitions. The modifications that would be needed to ensure that this guidance does not apply to amalgamations would go beyond the remit of the improvements project. A separate narrow scope project to evaluate the potential impact of the IASB’s revised definition of business on IPSAS 40 may be considered in the future.

Please click to access the exposure draft Improvements to IPSAS, 2019 on the IPSASB website. Comments are requested by 30 September 2019.

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Final papers presented at the fifth IASB Research Forum

05 Aug 2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) hosted its fifth Research Forum on 11 and 12 November 2018 in Sydney.

The meeting saw the presentation of six academic papers. These have now been finalised and also reflect the responses by academics and standard-setters to the presentations at the forum. We already posted our short summaries of the discussions in November 2018. In December 2018, the IASB made available audio recordings of the presentations and responses. The finalised papers are now available in Abacus Volume 55, Issue 1.

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IVSC publishes IVS 2020

02 Aug 2019

The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) has issued an updated version of the suite of International Valuation Standards (IVSs) titled IVS 2020 as they become effective on 31 January 2020.

The 2020 edition of IVS will replace IVS 2017 and consists of five general standards and six asset standards. The general standards offer guidance for all valuation assignments including terms of a valuation engagement, bases of value, valuation approaches and methods, and reporting. The asset standards include requirements related to specific types of assets.

More information is available through the press release on the IVSC website

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IFRS Foundation Trustees and Due Process Oversight Committee hold June 2019 meeting

01 Aug 2019

The IFRS Foundation Trustees and the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC) held meetings in Munich on 24-26 June 2019.

Meeting ac­tiv­i­ties included the following:

Trustees’ meeting

  • Executive session:
    • Report of the Executive Director — The Trustees received a report from the Executive Director Lee White on ac­tiv­i­ties since the last meeting.
    • Strategy review — The Trustees discussed key challenges for the Foundation, the support for consistent application of IFRS Standards, timeliness, and sustainability reporting.
    • Gov­er­nance issues — The Trustees viewed a presentation from the IFRS Foundation Advisory Council and discussed its role in providing strategic advice.
    • Op­er­a­tions analysis — The Trustees received a presentation on managing the Foundation’s brand.
    • Future meetings — Trustees confirmed that their next meetings would be in Brussels in February 2020, Seoul in June 2020, and New Delhi in October 2020.
    • Committee reports — The Trustees discussed reports from the Business Process and Technology Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, the Human Capital Committee, the Nom­i­nat­ing Committee, and the DPOC. (A report of the DPOC meeting is attached to the meeting summary.)
  • IASB Chairman’s report — The Chair of the IASB provided the Trustees with a general update on the IASB’s technical ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially on the proposed amendments to IFRS 17, the IBOR reform, simplification of accounting for goodwill, and management commentary.
  • Meetings in Munich — The Trustees co-hosted a stakeholder event with the German accounting standard setter (the DRSC), which included a keynote speech by Dr Nicolas Peter, the Chief Financial Officer of BMW AG.

The full report on the IFRS Foun­da­tion trustees’ and DPOC meeting is available on the IASB’s website.

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July 2019 IASB meeting notes posted

01 Aug 2019

The IASB met on Monday 22, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 July 2019. On Tuesday 23 July the IASB and the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) met together in public for an education session. We have posted our comprehensive Deloitte observer notes for all projects discussed during the meeting.

IBOR Reform: The staff summarised the feedback from comment letters and discussed additional issues for consideration before finalising the proposed amendments. The IASB plans to hold an additional meeting in late August to discuss the project. No decisions were made in this session.

Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current: The Board considered liabilities with equity-settlement features as well as transition and early application requirements.

Primary Financial Statements: The Board discussed potential amendments to IAS 34, whether to include special provisions for management performance measures and subtotals that are similar to gross profit, how to classify interest and dividends in the statement of cash flows and how earnings per share should reflect management performance measures. The Board gave the staff permission to begin preparing the Exposure Draft.

Goodwill and Impairment: The Board gave the staff permission to begin preparing the Discussion Paper.

Rate-regulated Activities: The Board decided to include an exception in IFRS 3 for rate-regulated activities. They also discussed the regulatory agreement period and incentive schemes. The Board gave the staff permission to begin preparing the Exposure Draft.   

Disclosure Initiative: The Board decided to add specific disclosure objectives to the requirements in IAS 19.

Dynamic Risk Management: The staff demonstrated how the DRM model is designed to operate. The Board considered some operational simplifications and decided that the application of the model should be optional. The Board also discussed the areas of focus for disclosure.   

Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Equity—Summary of feedback: The Board continued to discuss feedback on the Discussion Paper, focusing on presentation of financial liabilities; presentation of equity instruments and disclosure; contractual terms; users of financial statements and the overall objective, scope and challenges. No decisions were made.

Comprehensive review of the IFRS for SMEs Standard: The Board plans to issue a Request for Information (RFI) in the second half of 2019. At this meeting the Board decided to propose changes to the IFRS for SMEs Standard to reflect IFRS 3, IFRS 10 and IFRS 15. For IFRS 11, the Board decided to retain the current requirements of the IFRS for SMEs Standard. The Board also decided to propose a range of amendments to IFRS Standards and IFRIC Interpretations that have been published since the last review.

Management Commentary: The Board considered how to apply the Conceptual Framework’s qualitative characteristics to information presented in management commentary as well as how to make relevance and materiality judgements. 

Business Combinations under Common Control (BCUCC): The staff presented their analysis of the implications of potential equity investors in BCUCC and the measurement approaches that could be applied.

Implementation Matters: The Board was asked for any feedback on the June meeting of the IFRS Interpretations Committee.   

Joint session with the FASB: The middle day of the IASB meeting had been set aside for a joint meeting with the FASB. The Boards updated each other on projects each Board is working on separately: Segments (FASB); Primary Financial Statements (IASB); Financial Performance Reporting (FASB); Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Equity (IASB); Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (FASB); IBOR reform (both); Goodwill and Impairment (IASB); Identifiable Intangible Assets and Subsequent Accounting for Goodwill (FASB); Disclosure Initiative (IASB); Disclosure Framework (FASB); and Implementation: Revenue and Leases (FASB).

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

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Summary of the June 2019 ITCG meeting

01 Aug 2019

The IASB has published a summary of the IFRS Taxonomy Consultative Group (ITCG) meeting held on 24 June 2019.

The ITCG discussed the following:

  • IFRS Taxonomy supporting materials.
  • Strategy for the IFRS Taxonomy.
  • Interaction between electronic reporting and the Board’s work on primary financial statements.
  • IFRS Taxonomy content — review of common reporting practice.
  • Interaction between electronic reporting and the Board’s work on the review of disclosures.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see the summary on the IASB’s website.

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IASB proposes amendments to IAS 1 and the Materiality Practice Statement

01 Aug 2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published an exposure draft 'Disclosure of Accounting Policies (Proposed amendments to IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2)' with proposed amendments that are intended to help preparers in deciding which accounting policies to disclose in their financial statements. Comments are requested by 29 November 2019.

 

Background

The feedback on the Board's DP on Principles of Disclosure suggested that guidance is required to assist entities in determining which accounting policies to disclose. It was noted that the application of materiality is key to deciding which accounting policies to disclose, however IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements does not refer to materiality but states that ‘[a]n entity shall disclose its significant accounting policies' without the Board providing a definition for the term ‘significant’.

Therefore, the Board decided to develop amendments to paragraphs 117-122 of IAS 1 to require entities to disclose their material accounting policies rather than their significant accounting policies. To support this amendment the Board has also developed guidance and examples to explain and demonstrate the application of the ‘four-step materiality process’ described in IFRS Practice Statement 2 Making Materiality Judgements to accounting policy disclosures.

 

Suggested changes

ED/2019/6 Disclosure of Accounting Policies (Proposed amendments to IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2) proposes to amend paragraphs 117-122 of IAS 1 in the following ways:

  • Paragraph 117 of IAS 1 would be amended to require an entity to disclose its material accounting policies instead of its significant accounting policies;
  • Paragraphs 117A-D of IAS 1 would be added to explain how an entity can identify a material accounting policy (for example an accounting policy has changed during the reporting period, was chosen from alternatives allowed in IFRSs, was developed in accordance with IAS 8 in the absence of an IFRS that specifically applies, relates to an area of significant judgement and assumption, or reflects unique entity-specific application of an IFRS);
  • Paragraph 122, which requires an entity to make disclosures about ‘other judgements’, would be retained but would see a minor amendment to replace the reference to ‘significant accounting policies’ with the reference to ‘material accounting policies’.

The Board has also developed additional guidance to be included in the Materiality Practice Statement for entities to use when applying the four-step materiality process to accounting policy disclosure. This additional guidance is supported by two new examples that highlight the need to focus on information that is useful to users of financial statements and demonstrate how the application of the four-step materiality process can address the issues of: i) boilerplate or generic information being disclosed in accounting policies that are material to the financial statements; and ii) instances in which accounting policy disclosures contain only information that repeats the requirements of IFRSs. 

Comments on the proposed changes are requested by 29 November 2019.

 

Effective date and transition

The exposure draft does not contain a proposed effective date as the IASB intends to decide on this after exposure. The proposed amendments would be applied prospectively and early adoption would be permitted.

 

Dissenting opinion

Board member Martin Edelmann dissented from issuing the exposure draft. Mr Edelmann does not believe that materiality is a concept that should be applied to accounting policies as accounting policies differ from other information in the financial statements. He is also concerned that the application of the concept to accounting policies might lead to a loss of important information.

 

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IASB issues podcast on latest Board developments (July 2019)

31 Jul 2019

The IASB has released a podcast featuring Chair Hans Hoogervorst, Vice-Chair Sue Lloyd, and communications team member Kasia Gilewska to discuss the deliberations at the July 2019 IASB meeting as well as other recent developments.

The 18-minute podcast features discussions of the following topics in more detail:

  • the IASB's recent meeting with the Accounting Standards Advisory Forum (ASAF);
  • IASB projects on goodwill and impairment, primary financial statements and rate-regulated activities;
  • deliberations on stakeholders’ feedback on the Exposure Draft on interest rate benchmark reform (IBOR);
  • the dynamic risk management model;
  • progress on Management Commentary, the review of The IFRS for SMEs Standard, and the Disclosure Initiative.

The podcast can be accessed through the press release on the IASB website. More information on the topics discussed is available through our comprehensive notes taken by Deloitte observers at the July IASB meeting.

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