Audit Committee Practices Report: Common Threads Across Audit Committees


Audit committee oversight is an important job that just keeps getting more complex. Since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) came into play in 2002, audit committees have evolved and adapted to fulfill their unique and expanding role. Audit committees are charged with helping oversee financial reporting, audit processes, internal controls, ethics and compliance programs, and external and internal audit. Increasingly, such duties also include oversight of key risks, including cybersecurity and environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting. Audit committees are being challenged by increased complexity in their core responsibilities, as well as scope creep across other areas within their organizations. 

Against this backdrop, audit committee members often want to understand what their peers are doing to address this complexity and if there are leading practices they can employ within their own organizations. To this end, we are pleased to provide you with the inaugural edition of the Audit Committee Practices Report, a collaborative effort between Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness (Deloitte) and the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ). The report is based on a survey of 246 audit committee members from predominantly large (greater than $700 million market cap), U.S.-based public companies. Conducted by Deloitte and the CAQ, the survey inquired about: 

  • Areas of oversight
  • Key risks
  • Audit committee practices

This report provides information related to certain issues facing audit committees today and how peers may be responding. The survey results and related analysis can also serve as a benchmarking resource for gauging your own committee’s practices. 


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Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance


The following is a series of corporate governance principles for public companies, their boards of directors and their institutional shareholders (both asset managers and asset owners). These principles are intended to provide a basic framework for sound, long-term-oriented governance. Given the differences among U.S. public companies – including their size, products and services, geographic footprint, history, leadership and ownership – we recognize that not every principle will be applied in the same fashion (or at all) by every company, board or shareholder. Nonetheless, we intend to use these principles to guide our thinking.

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