The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was passed in 2002 in response to the Enron scandal. SOX compliance is a set of regulations that public companies must follow in order to ensure the accuracy of their financial statements. While many companies view SOX compliance as a burden, it is actually a vital part of doing business. This is especially true during a recession, when investors are particularly wary of corporate fraud.
Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley requires that all public companies have an internal control over financial reporting (ICOFR). The goal of ICOFR is to prevent and detect material misstatements in a company’s financial statements. A material misstatement is an error or omission that would cause a reader of the financial statements to reach a different conclusion about the company’s financial health
During a recession, there is an increased risk of corporate fraud. This is because companies are under pressure to meet investor expectations, which can lead to accounting irregularities. SOX compliance helps to prevent these irregularities by putting in place controls that ensure the accuracy of financial statements
SOX compliance also has benefits for shareholders. For example, section 404 requires companies to assess the effectiveness of their internal controls over financial reporting. If a company does not have effective internal controls, shareholders can take legal action against the company’s management. This provides shareholders with some protection against fraud and other improprieties
In conclusion, SOX compliance is a vital part of doing business, especially during a recession. It helps to prevent material misstatements in financial statements and protects shareholders from fraud and other improprieties. If your company is not currently compliant with SOX, now is the time to take action. Learn more about Connected Risk’s SOX Compliance module today.