New Tone at the Top Highlights Ways Board Members Can Help Deliver All Pertinent Risk Information to the Board

When management is prepared to provide whatever information is requested, board effectiveness will improve and shareholders will benefit in the long run. According to recent surveys, a majority of directors indicate that the quality of management reporting to the board needs to improve, suggesting that boards need better, not more, information from management. While internal audit’s role traditionally has been reactive, it must contribute proactively at the beginning of the board process by assessing the risk of the board failing to understand issues or making inadequate decisions based on the quality of the information available.

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