Upcoming Events

Going Concern – Are you asking the critical questions?

Executive, Non-Executive Directors and auditors are under more intense public scrutiny than ever. In this context, the assessment of Going Concern is a key area of focus – the conclusion reached impacts the basis of preparation of the financial statements and provides insight to investors and creditors as to whether a business is viable to invest in or to provide goods and services to.

Going Concern assessments are not simple to do. There are lots of moving parts, judgments and estimates, which can change and lead to increased risk that the board’s conclusions on Going Concern do not pan out as expected.

As a Non-Executive Director (‘NED’), getting close to Going Concern assessments and the judgments taken by Management teams is critical to ensuring the inherent risk around Going Concern assessment is reduced.

In this video, BDO specialists from across audit, debt advisory and restructuring provide guidance to NEDs on what to ask, when to ask, as well as some key lessons learnt from experience to help inform the challenge areas NEDs can bring to the assessment over Going Concern.

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For many Natural Resources companies, December 2020 marks the first reporting period in which COVID is an in-year event. Is your company prepared for the next round of reporting? How are you going to account for recent events in your going concern, impairment, control environment and disclosure considerations?

On the 15th of January, BDO Natural Resources audit partners Louise Sayers and Pete Acloque will host a workshop for Audit Committee members, Non-Executive Directors, CFOs, Financial Controllers, and anyone else concerned with reporting at Natural Resources companies, which will provide practical guidance on key considerations for reporting post 2020.

Follow this link to sign up:


This workshop follows on from the 'Natural Resources reporting survival guide' BDO published in December 2020, which you can access here.

Investors have been telling us for years now that they really do care about more than just profits - and that financial performance tends to follow companies that "do the right thing"

Does any of that hold true in a pandemic? Or does the bottom line matter more?

On Wednesday, 18th November we will bring together a panel of industry experts for the virtual launch of the 2020 Edelman Investor Trust report. The findings are based on a poll of fund managers and chief investment officers in key geographies around the world.

Panellists include:
Iain Dey, Head of Special Projects, Edelman;
Stephen Bird, CEO, Standard Life Aberdeen;
Jacqui Ferguson, Portfolio Non-Executive Director, Croda, Tesco Bank, Wood;
Chuka Umunna, Head of ESG, Edelman;
Jeremy Taylor, CEO, Lazard Asset Management (UK)

For more details and to register your interest, click the link below.


CMS Boardroom webinar: Board control and responsibility in a virtual environment  

Thursday 26th November
Time: 2pm-3:30pm BST

The COVID 19 pandemic has cut a swathe through global economies and the need to re-evaluate how we operate in the workforce has never been more important. Arguably, much of what has happened has been the acceleration of an ongoing trend so a lot of the current changes are likely here to stay. Join us on Thursday 26 November where we will be hosting a virtual panel discussion, where we will focus on key considerations for board members in the new virtual environment, with travel and in-person activities severely curtailed.

Topics and panelists will include:

The Economy
Tim HarfordEconomist, senior columnist for Financial Times and presenter of BBC Radio 4

The economic consequences of the pivot to a more virtual world

Professor Adrian Furnhamone of the world's most productive psychologists and one of HR Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People in HR

Impact on your workforce of the new way of working

Maintaining control
Gilly LordHead of Audit Strategy and Public Policy at PwC

Control and reporting systems in a remote environment


Please RSVP below and let us know if you would like to attend.

If you have any further questions about the event, please let us know here.


Date: Thursday 8th October
Time: 10am-11am BST

On Thursday, 8th October, Edelman Smithfield will host a virtual event featuring a panel of high-profile senior executives who will explore the challenge of integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into corporate and investor decision making. The discussion will focus on whether being mindful of ESG and stakeholder considerations involves impossible trade-offs at a time when the second wave of COVID-19 is putting businesses under considerable pressure.

Panellists include:

Chuka Umunna
Head of ESG, Edelman, Panel Moderator

Sheila Patel
Chair, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

John Allan CBE
Chairman, Tesco PLC/ Barratt Developments PLC, and Vice President, CBI

Saker Nusseibeh CBE
CEO, Federated Hermes International



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