IASB Chairman to prioritise communication effectiveness of financial statements during second term

 30 June 2016

Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (the Board), today outlined plans to prioritise improvements to the communications value of financial statements as the main outcome of the Board's recent Agenda Consultation.

Speaking at the IFRS Foundation's annual European Conference—held in Zurich, Switzerland—Mr Hoogervorst stated that the completion of several big IFRS Standards now allows the Board to focus its efforts on increasing the communication effectiveness of financial statements. He intends to prioritise the theme of 'Better Communication' during his second term as Chair, which commences tomorrow, 1 July 2016.

Mr Hoogervorst said:

Valuable information gets drowned out by ‘tick the box' disclosures and voluminous, but poorly organised and presented, financial statements. For the investor, it is often difficult to see the woods through the multitude of information trees. We will take a fresh look at how financial information is presented, how it is grouped together, and in what form it is made available.

'Better Communication' will bring together a number of work streams, including:

'Better Communication' as a theme for the Board's work responds to much of the feedback received through the 2015 Agenda Consultation, and should deliver material improvements to users' ability to make economic decisions from financial information.

Mr Hoogervorst also announced that the Board will be playing a more active role in supporting jurisdictions in the implementation of new and existing IFRS Standards.

The full speech can be found here.