International Accounting and Reporting Issues

2011 Review

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This volume contains a review of the main developments in the area of accounting and reporting during 2011, including the proceedings of the 28th session of ISAR, which was held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 12 to 14 October 2011. It contains discussion and analysis of a number of corporate reporting issues that policy-makers, regulators, standard-setters, private sector as well as public sector accountants, auditors, academia, and other interested readers will find useful for keeping up-to-date with developments in the corporate reporting arena, including financial and non-financial reporting.



Corporate governance disclosure: Selected practices

The ISAR has been working in the area of corporate governance since 1989 (ISAR, 1989, Conclusions on disclosure requirements concerning the annual report of the board of directors, E/C.10/AC.3/1989/6). Since the twenty-first session of ISAR in 2004, the Group of Experts has welcomed a series of annual reviews and individual country case studies presented at subsequent ISAR sessions. These annual reviews examined corporate governance disclosure practices around the world, with a special focus on emerging markets. The studies were facilitated by the development of UNCTAD’s ISAR benchmark of good practices in corporate governance disclosure. This benchmark consists of over fifty individual disclosure items and is based on the UNCTAD publication Guidance on Good Practices in Corporate Governance Disclosure (UNCTAD/ITE/TEB/2006/3). That publication was the outcome of ISAR deliberations, particularly those of the twenty-second session. At the twenty-seventh session, the Group of Experts requested that UNCTAD continue to facilitate the production of such studies in partnership with local institutions and with a focus on providing practical information to policymakers, investors and other stakeholders.


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