Mazars is an active supporter of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) which coordinates existing international attempts to create an integrated reporting framework and brings together companies, investors, accountants and regulators. This project is presented by Nick Landrot, Senior Manager at Mazars and Relationships Manager at the IIRC.
On 27 March 2012, the European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa) is holding a conference on the topic "Comply or Explain – Preserving Governance Flexibility with Quality Explanations", with Mazars as the main sponsor.
ecoDa Chairman Philippe Zurstrassen, presents the confederation and discusses the changing role of independent company directors, with special focus on the role they play on audit committees.
On the one hand, Mazars, an international organisation, specialising in audit and consulting, which relies on the expertise of 13,000 professionals in 69 countries, finds itself confronted with changes being made to staff whilst also managing transgenerational teams. On the other hand, WoMen’Up, the first association to address the issues of gender diversity in business exclusively from the perspective of Generation Y.
For Mazars, independence is key in today's audit market and has a vital role to play in developing a more open and vibrant market. Market concentration has been allowed to develop to an excessive extent despite the fact that the statutory audit is a highly regulated activity. This has come about over the last 40 years through major acquisitions, mergers and even one player leaving the market.