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KICPA Launches ESG Committee
□ The Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants (KICPA, president Kim Young-Sik) announced on 31st March that it has launched the ESG Committee. The committee is headed by Lee Byung-Rhae, vice president of KICPA, and comprises of 15 people from the accounting industry, related organizations, companies, academia, and etc. A kick-off meeting (photo) was held via a video-conference on the Zoom platform on 30th March.□ ESG Committee plans to support ESG activities in the accounting industry, such as ESG related corporate reporting and disclosure consulting, ESG measurements, evaluation and assurance. It is also planning to actively foster ESG experts, improve related regulations, and develop assurance standards. Accountants, as experts in ESG reporting, measurement and assurance, will help companies provide valuable information to their stakeholders by securing reliability of corporate ESG reporting, and co-work with government authorities such as the Financial Services Commission.□ "As social interest in ESG is increasing, the accounting industry needs to play an active role in helping companies with ESG-related activities.”said President Kim. "KICPA and ESG Committee will enhance the ESG expertise of accountants and actively support companies' ESG reporting to be trusted by the public.” he added.
- KICPA raises relief fund for flood victims The KICPA raised a KRW200 million-relief fund for flood victims under the name of 23,000 CPAs. Half of the fund will be donated to the Seoul office of the Korean Red Cross, and half of them will go to regional offices of the Korean Red Cross via regional branches of the KICPA. Young-sik Kim, President of KICPA, said, “There are many victims battling the double whammy of Covid-19 and floods. I hope the relief fund would be helpful for the victims to get back to the normal routine.” 2020.09.16
- KICPA announces the Standard Audit Hours (SAH) auditors need to spend The KICPA announced the Standard Audit Hours (SAH) auditors need to spend on 14th February, 2019, in order to improve audit quality and protect stakeholders, including investors. The SAH includes safeguards for audit clients as well to minimize companies’ burdens arising from the implementation of a new scheme. For this, the KICPA opened public hearing twice to collate various opinions from the information provider group and user group. The SAH describes that the increase rate of audit hours should not exceed 30% (50% for companies whose assets exceeding KRW 2 trillion) in case the SAH of a company increases more than 30% (50% for those whose assets exceeding KRW 2 trillion) from that of previous year. In addition, the SAH can be phased in or delayed to companies with assets less than KRW 2 trillion. As for SMEs with assets less than KRW 20 billion, they are exempted. 2019.10.02
- KICPA announces the Code of Conduct for Professional Accountants The KICPA announced the Code of Conduct for Professional Accountants on 16th October, 2018. The Code was prepared by a TF composed of Big4, SMPs and other relevant stakeholders and approved by the KICPA Council on 12th. The Code describes specifically what professional accountants comply with during which they perform audits. For one, auditors are not allowed to go golfing or entertainment bars/clubs with their clients, even though the bills are paid separately. The Code also includes a provision for the protection of audit clients from unduly costs or documentations. 2019.10.02
- KICPA publishes practice manual on accounting standards for non-for-profit entities The KICPA co-hosted a book launch event with the KB Kookmin Bank on 4th September in 2018. In March, the KICPA inked the cooperation MoU with the KB Bank to improve accounting transparency of non-for-profit entities and published the practice manual on accounting standards for non-for-profit entities and conducted accounting/taxation trainings to employees in the entities. The manual is designed to support employees of non-for-profit entities that have difficulties with applying accounting standards in practice via provision of illustrative examples. 2019.10.02