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L’état de la situation de l’Audit interne en 2013

7 juin 2013

Denis Lefort, CPA,  expert-conseil en Gouvernance, audit et contrôle, vient de me faire parvenir l’édition 2013 de l’étude de Thompson/Reuters sur l’audit interne. On le sait, le domaine des contrôles internes et de l’audit interne prennent de plus en plus d’importance dans la gouvernance des sociétés.

Ce document sera donc très utile à tout administrateur soucieux de parfaire ses connaissances de l’état de la situation en 2013 dans le monde.

Bonne lecture. Vos commentaires sont les bienvenus. Voici le sommaire de l’étude.

The State of Internal Audit 2013

Executive summary – the highlights

Regulatory guidance and industry best practice expects internal audit to take a higher-level view of risks and controls in a firm.

Process assurance and monitoring activities remain key areas of focus for internal audit functions.

Focus on corporate governance is down from last year.

Immature risk management processes in firms and insufficient input by internal audit functions.

Weaknesses in risk reporting to the board.

Insufficient communication with other risk and control functions.

Challenge to audit committees to reassess the activities of internal audit.

Thomson Reuters Accelus surveyed more than 1,100 internal audit practitioners worldwide in February and March 2013 to canvass their views on the state of internal audit and their greatest challenges for the year ahead.

The responses received covered 76 countries including Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The respondents represented firms from a wide set of industries including financial services, manufacturing, government, education, life sciences, energy and other highly-regulated industries. Feedback came from internal audit departments of all sizes, ranging from fewer than five auditors to global conglomerates exceeding 100 auditors.

Oracle Audit

Oracle Audit (Photo credit: Fenng(dbanotes))

The world of internal audit is diverse and challenging. The global financial crisis has sparked a reassessment of the internal audit function’s role in financial services in particular, but the deepening crisis has impacted all industries. The focus from policymakers and regulators alike has been on culture, corporate governance and risk management, together with a growing acknowledgement of the need for a strong, well-resourced independent audit function operating — and in particular reporting— in close coordination with other risk and compliance functions.

Expectations have changed and continue to change. On the one hand chief executives, boards, and audit and risk committees all have increased expectations of the depth and quality of the work which needs to be performed by internal audit functions, while on the other regulators and policy makers are placing more reliance on internal audit functions not only to ensure “fair play” in organizations but also to undertake their business at board level and to become actively involved with high-level strategic risk and corporate governance issues.

The Thomson Reuters Accelus Internal Audit Survey 2013 analyses the replies from respondents and highlights the specific challenges and priorities that the current fog of information has presented the industry. There are lessons to be learnt: When compared with the detailed yardstick of the policies and guidance published, the results present a challenging picture, and one that requires action at all levels. From the audit committee’s oversight role to the detailed testing behind audit findings, internal audit functions — many of which need to be able to accomplish more with fewer resources — are urged to review what they do and reprioritize to gain maximum effectiveness.

« We do want to see the internal audit profession taken seriously within the institutions that we regulate. We want it to have an appropriate profile and thereby bolster the standing of the professions, because it is important. »

(Andrew Bailey, deputy governor for prudential regulation at the Bank of the England and chief executive officer of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority, in an interview which appeared in Audit and Risk Magazine, May 2012).

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