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    Importance Of Internal Audit For Investors

    1.1  Introduction:


    Profit potentiality, limited liability, tax benefits, free transferability would make investment in equity preferable, however there is other side to the coin in terms of high risk, market fluctuations which prudent investor should always consider.


    Normal tendency of investors while making investments is to look at the track record of the Board of Directors, CEO and management team along with company performance and risks adherent to such company and industry. In spite of those measures, history revealed so many scandals, Inspite of impressive track record of the Board of Directors and CEO,investors lost their money, Enron scandal would be prompt evident supported by ZZZZ Best Inc, Centennial Technologies Inc, Bre-X Minerals, Worldcom and many other scams.


    It is evident that, apart from the mentioned measures, an investor should also consider how risks are managed in the company, strength of its control environment and its effectivegovernance to make better decisions.


    What shall an investor consider can know easily, but how? is a million-dollar dividend question.


    Through this article I made an endeavour, how an Internal Audit system is relevant for investors while making investment decisions.
































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    2.1  Relevance of Effective Internal Audit


    Though internal audit doesn’t assure any commercial success, effective internal audit in an organisation assures good governance. It provides the management and stakeholders with an independent view on organisation’s risk and control environment.


    Many stock exchanges across the world recognised the importance of internal audit, they made mandatory for the listed companies to have internal audit in place. In India as per the clause 49 of listing agreement, every listed company should possess internal audit mechanism, same requirement is also there in Companies Act,2013. As per section 138 of Indian Companies Act 2013 read with Rule 13 of Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, appointment of internal auditor is mandatory for every listed company in India.


    One of the surveys conducted by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) found that more than 85% of respondents felt that the provisionof non-financial information (such as corporate governance practices and corporate social responsibility issues) would serve their (investment) decision making purposes and audit brought value for their decision making.


    As described by IIA, “Internal audit is a key pillar of good governance. It provides the board of directors, the audit committee, the chief executive officer, senior executives and stakeholders with an independent view on whether the organisation has an appropriate risk and control environment, whilst also acting as a catalyst for a strong risk and compliance culture within an organisation”.


    Presence of effective internal audit system will always provide better insight into the company’s governance and risk mitigation, on the other way we may not.


    2.2 Internal Audit Importance:


    2.2.1 Introduction of internal audit standards, risk assessment procedures by internal auditors improved reliability on internal audit for external auditors to the notable extent. There were instances where internal audit analysis reports made external auditors to qualify their Audit Report.


    “Well-controlled, well-managed organizations cost less to audit,”“Internal audit is a key part of a well-controlled, well-managed organization. Our coordination with internal audit is very helpful in making sure that the work we do is efficient.”


    -Greg Weaver, chairman and chief executive officer at Deloitte &Touche.














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    Importance of Internal Audit for Investors



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    2.2.2 Internal Audit can improve management and accountability, both financial and non–financial.Internal audit can be a pivotal activity to provide assurance to the board of directors, the audit committee, and the chief executive officer, and stakeholders that the organisation is governed effectively by


    ?Providingindependent, unbiased assessment of the operations of the organisation.


    ?Providingmanagement with information on the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.


    ?Actingasa catalyst for improvement in risk management, control and governance processes.


    ?Informingmanagement what it needs to know, when it needs to know it.


    3.0  Conclusion:


    While making investment, apart from company growth, industry risk, management capabilities, Insight into the organisation’s risk mitigation, governance and ethical culture etch will always bring value advantage to investment decisions.


    Though internal audit doesnot assure any commercial success, effective internal audit in an organisation assures good governance, provides insight into the organisation’s both financial and nonfinancial aspects which a prudent investor should always consider.

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