Joint effort needed to tackle disclosure problem

 24 January 2013

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) today released highlights of a survey conducted recently on financial information disclosures, ahead of its public discussion forum on Disclosures in Financial Reporting. Respondents to the survey identified various factors that contribute to the disclosure problem.

The IASB received 225 responses from respondents across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Around 50 per cent of those responses came from preparers and approximately 20 per cent came from users of financial statements.

Highlights of the survey include:

Commenting on the results of the survey, Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the IASB said:

We very much appreciate the detailed and high quality feedback provided by respondents to this survey. That feedback indicated a need for standard-setters, auditors, preparers, regulators and investors to work together in order to deliver much-needed improvements to all disclosures, not just those contained within the financial statements. Our discussion forum on disclosures next week is the first step on that journey."

The IASB Disclosure Forum will take place in London on 28 January 2013. The event is open to the public and will also be webcast. A recording of the event will be posted to the IASB website the following day. Further details on the event are available from here

The full results of the online survey will be published as part of a Feedback Statement, to be published during the first quarter of 2013. The Feedback Statement will also summarise feedback received from the Disclosure Forum and how the IASB intends to respond to that feedback.