We continue our Year-end toolkit podcast series with an episode for finance teams and directors on how to maximize the impact of audit committee meetings.
In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, our guests discuss key areas of the year-end reporting process – from closing the books to finalizing reports.
In this episode, Heather Horn was joined by Stephen Parker, a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, to discuss the ways that finance teams can effectively communicate with those charged with governance – and for 2022, it’s all about timely discussions that are responsive to the current environment.
In this episode, you’ll hear discussion of:
  • 1:51 - The core oversight responsibilities of audit committees
  • 6:41 - The key issues that finance teams need to be sure they cover in their next audit committee meetings
  • 16:58 - Preparing to effectively address ESG reporting questions
  • 20:55 - For directors: the importance of being proactive about sustainability disclosures and the impact of ESG matters on the business
  • 32:24 - Best practices for facilitating an audit committee meeting
  • 35:43 - Final advice for both directors and finance teams
Check out other episodes of our Year-end toolkit series, available in our library, including making materiality assessments and some important accounting reminders for uncertain times.
About our guest
Stephen Parker is a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams, and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape. With more than 30 years of experience, Stephen has advised boards of directors on a variety of complex financial reporting matters. Stephen’s client service experience includes energy and utility companies, financial services companies, and nonprofits.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
Transcripts available upon request for individuals who may need a disability-related accommodation. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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