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How Slave-Free Alliance helps protect business from slavery and human trafficking

ICAS is working with Hope for Justice, a global non-profit organisation which aims to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Hope for Justice provides training in how to spot the signs of modern slavery and how to respond. It works with the police and other agencies to rescue victims of modern slavery and then restore and… Read More How Slave-Free Alliance helps protect business from slavery and human trafficking

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Restoring trust and relevance in corporate reporting

By Amy Hutchinson A look at how ICAS is shaping the debate on corporate reporting. ICAS has highlighted the importance of considering the corporate governance and corporate reporting environment in the ongoing UK audit quality debate. We cannot look at audit in isolation – it is one part of a wider system of assurance which is… Read More Restoring trust and relevance in corporate reporting

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Blockchain’s missing link

By Andrea Murad Is Blockchain ready for large-scale implementation within financial services? We explore the missing links that need to be forged for success. Blockchain is being adopted across a multitude of business sectors, such as delivering supply chain processes, but the platforms are evolving at great speed. “Like anything new, it takes some time… Read More Blockchain’s missing link

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Good onboarding = staff retention + high performance

By Chris Sheedy Onboarding a new employee is the first good impression a company can make – but why do so many businesses get it wrong and how can the process improve? A study by recruitment firm Robert Half claims that 98% of Australian businesses recognise their onboarding systems and processes are insufficient. Most surprising… Read More Good onboarding = staff retention + high performance

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CDC: the future of UK pensions?

By Christine Scott The ICAS Pensions Panel supports the laudable aims of the Government’s proposals for Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension schemes. Questions remain, however, about whether there will be sufficient appetite among employers and savers for CDC. Moreover, there will be significant challenges in establishing a suitable legislative and regulatory framework. The introduction of CDC… Read More CDC: the future of UK pensions?

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Audit quality is paramount

By Bruce Cartwright Who do you trust? The 2019 Edelman trust barometer reveals that while trust in government, business, media and NGOs has declined over the last 20 years, people are placing more trust in their professional relationships. The headline takeaway of the global survey, however, is the growing trust divide. According to Edelman “the world is… Read More Audit quality is paramount