The week in two minutes: 11 December 2015
A round-up of the top content you may have missed this week from CA Today.
Norman Murray CA takes forward The Power of One
ICAS announces that leading business figure Norman Murray CA will chair the newly created ICAS Ethics Board to take forward The Power of One business ethics initiative. Norman is Chair of The Edrington Group and Scottish Ballet, and a former Chair of FTSE 100 companies Petrofac and Cairn Energy.
The five questions every mentee should ask
Following on from the popular feature Five killer questions every mentor should ask, we considered the key questions every mentee should be posing to ensure they get the best out of a mentoring relationship.
CA Today Australia launched
A unique, twice-weekly version of the CA Today News Briefing has been launched for members in Australia. CA Today Australia includes exclusive icas.com news and features, plus links to top Australian business and accountancy stories, and reports from across the globe.
PwC to audit Vatican’s accounts
The Vatican announced that PwC has been appointed to audit its accounts, the first time an external auditor has been chosen. The announcement has been viewed as another step towards economic reform and transparency by Pope Francis.
Career development vital to staff retention
Many finance executives identify career development as an important way to ensure they retain staff, according to research. A study by Robert Half recruitment found that, rather than paying higher salaries or big bonuses, bosses in the financial services sector felt that giving staff a rewarding career path with plenty of opportunities was vital.
Google’s lens on corporate tax rules
Donald Drysdale reported on a recent European Parliament meeting where multinationals including Google and Facebook revealed details of their corporate tax practices and gave their views on the current rules. Topics covered included the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) proposals.
BDO sees growth in year of mergers
A mixture of mergers and organic growth around the world saw revenues at international accountancy firm BDO increase by nearly 13 per cent, to $7.3bn. Growth was particularly significant in the US.
Who’s Who in corporate finance 2015
The CA magazine published its latest version of Who’s Who in Corporate Finance, which provides an important annual reference for the sector. The latest edition features more than 80 firms in the UK and is free to ICAS members.
PwC makes best places to work top 25
An employee feedback survey by Glassdoor placed PwC 21st in the UK, with EY making the top 50 in a US version of the poll. The survey was based on feedback from employees and former employees. It praised excellent career opportunities at PwC, although reviewers also acknowledged this can involve working long hours.
Crunching the numbers in the festive season
The CA Today and magazine teams have been getting in the festive spirit with a look at the numbers behind the festive season. Our special infographic revealed that Father Christmas really does deserve that rest for 364 days of the year after delivering to 822 homes per second on Christmas morning.