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20 years have passed since the enactment of Sarbanes–Oxley. We reflect on its impact over the last two decades with a special guest from the CFA institute.
The US enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) two decades ago. In this special episode, host Heather Horn was joined by Wes Bricker, PwC’s Vice Chair and Trust Solutions Co-Leader for the US and Mexico, and Sandy Peters, the CFA Institute’s Senior Head of Global Advocacy, to reflect on how SOX has impacted the public company reporting ecosystem during that time, and what investors think of the regulatory framework.
In this episode, you will hear them discuss:
  • 1:47 - What led to the enactment of SOX
  • 9:52 - How management and auditor responsibilities have evolved since 2002
  • 14:35 - The increasing importance of transparency for investors
  • 21:51 - How SOX enhanced investors’ understanding of the financial reporting process
  • 26:34 - How increased scrutiny over data, process, and controls resulted in increase investor confidence
  • 36:49 - The evolution of ESG reporting and the importance of trust in ESG disclosures
  • 49:25 - The future corporate reporting and importance of internal controls over nonfinancial and “pre-financial” data
About our guests
Wes Bricker is PwC’s Vice Chair and Trust Solutions Co-Leader for the US and Mexico. In this role he oversees the largest Trust platform in the world, bringing together the firm’s combined Audit, ESG, Digital Assurance, and Tax Reporting capabilities to best help clients as they seek to build trust with their stakeholders. As co-leader, Wes is responsible for the quality of service, excellence in the work performed by over 21,000 partners and staff, developing diverse teams and driving innovation.
Sandy Peters is the Senior Head of Global Advocacy at the CFA Institute. In this role, she leads the advocacy and regulatory affairs global efforts, including corporate disclosures, financial reporting, accounting and ESG/sustainability. Sandy also serves as a CFA Institute spokesperson to key regulators and standard setters, and works with stakeholders in the policymaking process.
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.
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