South African Governance Legal Framework for Corporate disclosures and reporting: Part 1 – Voluntary sustainability reporting
Author: Werner Schoeman
Affiliations: Lecturer: Mercantile and Labour Law Department, School of Law, University of Limpopo
Source: South African Mercantile Law Journal, Volume 34 Issue 2, 2021, p. 268 – 292
The general dissatisfaction of shareholders and other users of financial statements with both voluntary sustainability and mandatory financial disclosure and reporting, prompt an appeal for increased government-commanded reporting requirements. State-based standardsetting and voluntary sustainability reporting within the corporate jurisprudence must therefore evolve, which includes, among others, the variety of legal and regulatory standards, their dynamism, and the manner in which standards can be imposed. Directors and auditors must act ethically to observe their various functions as regulated by the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and the Auditing Profession Act 26 of 2005. National and international companies persistently undermine good governance. Directors’ and auditors’ failure to comply with ethics can certainly not continue with impunity. The global trend in the use of voluntary sustainability reporting highlights the prominence that auditors play in good corporate governance, although compliance with voluntary sustainability reporting does not warrant good corporate governance. Independence of auditors remains contentious in the light of the funding model of the regulator, working of audit committees, the connection between directors and companies, and the corporate governance expectation gap.