“Have something to say.” It’s a mantra, of sorts, at Deloitte. Clients expect member firm professionals to proactively bring their informed thoughts and ideas to the table. Likewise, external stakeholders look to Deloitte leaders for opinions that help advance global regulatory and public policy environments, recognizing their views are informed by decades of experience operating in dozens of countries; influenced by the needs of member firm clients; and shaped by an understanding of ever-evolving capital markets and the entities that participate in them.
Deloitte actively participates in dynamic regulatory discussions around the world, proactively contributing to the regulatory dialogue, promoting investor confidence, and emphasizing cross-border consistency.
Given the network’s role in the proper function of capital markets, one of Deloitte’s focuses remains on audit and audit quality. The organization is making necessary investments in its member firm professionals, innovation, technology, methodology, and practices. Deloitte leaders continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including regulators and policymakers, on current hot topics that include audit of the future, audit quality indicators, auditor reporting, and strengthening the role of the audit committees.
To promote more collaboration with stakeholders and reflect that the Deloitte network is a broad and deep organization with interest and specialization in a range of topics that interest policy makers, the Deloitte EU Policy Center opened its doors in January 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. The Center provides a diverse team of Deloitte professionals, representing various EU member firms, with an opportunity to contribute ideas and knowledge to some of the policy debates in Europe. “We believe Deloitte will be able to make a valuable contribution and that this will lead to increased interaction between EU policy makers and Deloitte professionals on a wide range of topics,” says Hendrik Descheemaeker, Deloitte EU Public Policy Leader and partner, Deloitte Belgium.
Deloitte member firms continue to strengthen their engagement with government and political leaders—contributing insights and experiences supporting economic success, growth, resilience, and sustainability—to help address long-term economic challenges. For example, Deloitte professionals have contributed to the development of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Corporate Governance Principles; collaborated with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to OECD on the development of a women’s entrepreneurship report; actively contributed to a number of B20 working groups, including those of employment and anti-corruption; worked with the UK and US governments to sponsor a forum to address human trafficking; and are engaged in discussions that support a pro-growth international trade agenda fit for purpose, including via the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations.