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Volume
7
Issue
10
06/2021
The world of work was changing well before the pandemic. Technology is significantly affecting work, jobs, wages and society at large — and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. It is impacting how companies design and manage a diverse talent, workforce and technological ecosystem that includes on-demand resources (contractors, part-time and “gig economy” workers) and “digital labor” (technology performing work in lieu of humans) in addition to permanent employees. Accordingly, organisations across the world face the challenge of upskilling and reskilling countless millions of...
12/2020
How has the audit committee agenda changed? With 2020 almost in the rear view mirror (thankfully!), the 2021 audit committee agenda is shaping up differently than in years past. The past 12 months presented an opportunity for audit committees to support the key players managing the financial reporting process. Going forward, that support could prove to be critically important as the business environment continues to present disruptive challenges. Board members should not be surprised by anything 2021 has to offer. The key is ensuring the companies they serve are resilient and agile enough...
Volume
7
Issue
8
05/2020
Customer and Consumer Engagement | Workplace Redesign | Supply Chain Rethink | Digital Urgency | Real Estate Configuration | Changing and Emerging Business Opportunities and Risks | Climate Change and Sustainability | A Trust-Based Culture | Summary  This issue of The Bulletin is the second of our two-part discussion of the challenge in finding equilibrium in these uncertain times. In Part 1, we discussed the attributes and actions needed to find equilibrium in the likely phased transition from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown.[1] Given that a period of ongoing change will...
Volume
7
Issue
7
05/2020
Introduction   |   Chasing a Moving Target   |   A Fluid Current State   |   Focus on Leadership and Culture: Emphasising One Mission   |   Facilitate Employee Engagement: Making Symbiotic Times Possible   |   Apply Scenario Analysis: Planning for the Unexpected   |   Develop Your Ecosystem: Building a Community of Resources   |   Think Disruptive Innovation: Committing to What’s Possible and Practical   |   Summary For those who have read just about everything concerning coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) within their capacity and attention span to absorb, the lethal message is clear: This...
Volume
7
Issue
6
03/2020
For several years, Protiviti has described the “future auditor” as a chief audit executive (CAE) who takes definitive steps toward making The Institute of Internal Auditors’ vision of “an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity that adds value and improves an organisation’s operations” a reality. Several issues of The Bulletin have been devoted to describing various aspects of the future auditor’s journey.[1] The future is fast arriving with digital technologies unleashing a tsunami of opportunity and disruption that no one can ignore, particularly internal audit. As...
Volume
7
Issue
5
12/2019
The demands on boards of directors are as significant as they have ever been. Each committee of the board faces its own challenges, too, and the audit committee is no exception. With new accounting standards coming online, an increasingly active Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) inspections agenda, the relevance of the traditional accounting and reporting model under fire, and continued uncertainty in the geopolitical, business and regulatory environment, audit committees indeed have their hands full. As in prior years, we have identified several agenda items for audit...
Volume
7
Issue
4
10/2019
What is the true purpose of the corporation? Does it exist principally to serve the interests of shareholders? Or is its purview more broadly to address the interests of other stakeholders affected by its activities? Should business performance focus solely on financial results and maximisation of profits? Or should it also focus on other dimensions, such as environmental and social impacts in addition to financial results — the so-called “triple bottom line”?  This debate has raged ad nauseam for decades. Largely framed by the economist Milton Friedman, the prevailing notion in the United...
Volume
7
Issue
3
05/2019
In the world of the chief audit executive (CAE), stakeholders are looking for deeper insights and value. It’s a world of rapid change on economic, geopolitical, technological, social and other fronts in which the organisation the CAE serves must adapt and grow or risk decline and its ultimate demise. As the risks companies face and the related audit universe change, the focus and skill sets needed by internal audit must evolve, too. But that change is not possible unless internal audit also innovates and transforms itself to keep pace with the velocity of advancements in the business. For...
Volume
7
Issue
2
04/2019
The Bulletin: Protiviti’s Review of Corporate Governance In a prior issue of The Bulletin, Protiviti discussed the evolution of sustainability; why reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria is important; the obstacles to ESG initiatives; the ESG maturity continuum; what companies should be doing to tackle this topic; and examples of sustainability leaders.1 The premise underlying a corporate focus on sustainability is that corporate leadership is needed to enhance civilisation’s ability to address critical environmental, economic and social challenges and enable the...
Volume
7
Issue
1
12/2018
The demands on boards of directors are as significant today as they have ever been. Each committee of the board faces its own significant challenges, and the audit committee is no exception. Indeed, audit committees have their hands full with new accounting standards coming into effect, an active Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) inspections agenda, and continued uncertainty in the geopolitical, business and regulatory environments. Even the relevance of the accounting and reporting model is currently under fire. As in prior years, we have identified several agenda items for...