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Emerging Issues and Outreach Working Group. Gary Hannaford, Working Group Chair IESBA Meeting September 16-18, 2013 Sydney, Australia . Background. June 2013 IESBA Meeting Support for Working Group (WG) to explore processes re: Emerging Issues Outreach WG Terms of Reference agreed.

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emerging issues and outreach working group

Emerging Issues and Outreach Working Group

Gary Hannaford, Working Group Chair

IESBA Meeting

September 16-18, 2013

Sydney, Australia

background
Background

June 2013 IESBA Meeting

  • Support for Working Group (WG) to explore processes re:
      • Emerging Issues
      • Outreach
  • WG Terms of Reference agreed
emerging issues
Emerging IssuesIdentification and Filtering
  • Matters that constitute emerging issues:
      • “Any national or international development identified outside of the Board’s strategic planning process that is related to, or has a connection with, the Board’s remit and may:
        • Have a potential impact on the Board’s strategy and work plan;
        • Require Board action or otherwise lead the Board to take specific action, such as leading or participating in a debate at the international level; or
        • Otherwise merit Board attention.
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Emerging IssuesIdentification and Filtering
  • Need for a systematic approach to screen appropriate information sources
  • Screening effort to leverage support of Board members and TAs
  • Three buckets proposed for filtering:
      • For Board consideration
      • For Board noting
      • Other matters
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Emerging IssuesBoard and CAG Consideration
  • Expectation of at least some emerging issues each quarter
  • Present issues at alternate Board meetings in open session
  • Involvement of CAG
      • Synchronize timing of Board and CAG consideration
      • Discuss CAG involvement March 2014 CAG Meeting
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Emerging IssuesOutcomes and Effectiveness
  • Outcomes will vary with nature and importance of matters considered
  • Effectiveness of process
      • Biennial review by Board
      • Not responsibility of working group
      • No definitive measures
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Emerging IssuesOutcomes and Effectiveness
  • Certain positive outcomes may indicate a degree of effectiveness e.g.
      • Specific board initiated actions
      • Positive feedback from stakeholders
  • Certain outcomes may indicate a lack of effectiveness e.g.
      • no emerging issues identified in any given year
      • matters missed that ultimately prove to be significant emerging issues
outreach
OutreachIdentification
  • No need for an overly formalized process
  • Focus on identified key stakeholders
  • Ensure geographically balanced coverage
  • All board members and TAs encouraged to be proactive on outreach
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OutreachIdentification
  • Confirmed outreach activities:
      • Meetings with regulatory stakeholders
      • Attendance at regional conferences
      • Meetings with key stakeholder groups – e.g. NSS
      • Identify forums and media through IFAC Comms
      • Identify contacts at Board Leadership level
      • Board / Technical advisors proactively identify in jurisdictions
      • Leverage relationship with CAG
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OutreachSupport Staff and Media Strategy
  • Staff-developed slides and speaking notes
  • Will help with consistency of messaging
  • Media strategy being developed by IFAC Commsdept
  • Standing WG to provide high level input in development of media strategy, then keep monitoring role
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OutreachEffectiveness
  • Difficult to identify definitive measures of success
  • But potential indications of effectiveness:
      • Increased linkage between outreach activities and new projects / initiatives
      • Increased media exposure
      • Press enquiries relating to emerging issues
      • Increased international adoption of Code
resources
Resources

Staff

  • Resource light approach:
      • Two members of staff, each allocating 10-15%

Meetings

  • Standing WG expected to meet quarterly via teleconference
timeline
Timeline
  • Dec 2013 IESBA Meeting
      • Final process recommendations to IESBA
      • Presentation of draft ToR for Standing WG
  • April 2014 onwards – Implementation
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