DIKSIA.COM - Reporting is a crucial process for any organization that wants to communicate its performance, achievements, challenges, and opportunities to its stakeholders.
Reporting can be done in various ways, depending on the purpose, audience, and standards of the report.
However, not all reports are created equal. Some reports may contain more accurate, relevant, and reliable information than others.
In this article, we will explore some of the common statements that are made about reporting and examine which ones are true and which ones are false.
What is Financial Reporting?
Financial reporting is the process of preparing and presenting financial statements that show the financial position, performance, and cash flows of an organization.
Financial statements are usually prepared according to a set of rules and principles known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
These standards ensure that financial statements are comparable, consistent, and transparent across different organizations and jurisdictions.
Financial reporting is mainly intended for external users, such as investors, creditors, regulators, and tax authorities.
These users rely on financial statements to make decisions about providing or withdrawing funds, assessing risks and returns, enforcing laws and regulations, and collecting taxes.
Therefore, financial reporting must be accurate, complete, timely, and auditable.
What is Non-Financial Reporting?
Non-financial reporting is the process of disclosing information that is not directly related to the financial performance or position of an organization.
Non-financial information may include environmental, social, governance (ESG), ethical, human rights, diversity, innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and other aspects that affect the organization's sustainability and reputation.
Non-financial reporting is mainly intended for internal users, such as managers, employees, board members, and owners.