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April 2021
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Internal Control Chatter
Each month the staff of The Internal Control Institute reviews hundreds of articles related to Internal Control and Corporate Governance. Here are brief summaries of some of the top articles (along with links to the original article) that may be of interest to you.
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When the going gets tough
April 21, 2021
ACCORDING to Maslow Hierarchy of Needs, the two basic needs are physiological (e.g. food, water, shelter, clothing, air, rest and reproduction) and safety (e.g. personal security, employment, resources, health and property) This pandemic has affected all sectors of our society; such needs are not immediately fulfilled due to a scarcity of resources. As they say, it is survival of the fittest; the one who can easily adapt to the circumstances has an advantage over others. In these times, people are compelled to think out of the box regarding how to survive one day at a time.
With this comes a test of integrity. When push comes to shove, extraordinary (and sometimes illicit) activities are done to be able to achieve one’s basic needs. Dangers of fraud exist across all organizations — private and government, profit and nonprofit, and small and big corporations.
Former Chief Executive Officer of Publicly Traded Petrochemical Company Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery and Securities Law Violations
Written by DOJ
 Published: 22 April 2021
A Brazilian national who previously served as a chief executive officer (CEO) of Braskem S.A. (Braskem), a publicly traded Brazilian petrochemical company, pleaded guilty to conspiring to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from Braskem into a secret slush fund and to pay bribes to government officials, political parties, and others in Brazil to obtain and retain business. According to court documents, between approximately 2002 and 2014, Jose Carlos Grubisich, 64, a citizen of Brazil — who served as the CEO and a member of the board of directors of Braskem as well as in various capacities for Braskem’s parent company, Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht) - engaged in a scheme to bribe Brazilian government officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). As part of the scheme, Grubisich and his co-conspirators diverted approximately $250 million from Braskem into a secret slush fund, which Grubisich and others had generated through fraudulent contracts and offshore shell companies secretly controlled by Braskem.
How a church can prevent fraud without compromising its values
By Anita Dennis
April 23, 2021
A number of years ago, a concerned church reached out to its CPA firm. It had been growing and enjoying strong giving, but it was suddenly experiencing an unexplained cash flow crunch. The CPA firm conducted a forensic examination and found that the church’s bookkeeper had embezzled more than $2.1 million over a seven-year period. Church leaders had never questioned how the bookkeeper, a longtime employee who was earning around $40,000 per year, could afford an expensive car, trips to Europe, and part ownership in a racehorse breeding operation, said Robert Faulk, CPA, partner and church and denomination services director at CapinCrouse LLP, whose firm performed the forensic accounting engagement.
Eight things an accounting adviser may do for you
Painting a clearer picture of accounting
April 19, 2021 05:00 AM
Far from the black-and-white world that many outside a company’s accounting function imagine, gray can be accounting’s primary color. That’s because many accounting questions are complicated, and there’s often a high degree of judgment required when applying the rules.
Documenting complex transactions and the related accounting conclusions can be extremely challenging given today’s standards for internal controls over financial reporting. At the same time, finance departments are expected to create value across the entire business, and finance leaders are expected to play a key role in many corporate decisions. All of this makes it critical that accounting and financial reporting are handled efficiently and with an eye toward what’s important for the organization as a whole.
Have the boards at Indian companies become more independent & effective
By Vidhu Shekhar
Apr 18, 2021
Independent directors have come under a great deal of attention in the past few years. In India, the trend started with the Satyam fraud, where independent directors were seen to have failed spectacularly to do what they were supposed to do. The Satyam case study was India’s contribution to the rich literature on corporate failures that included other famous names such as Enron and Parmalat. In the ensuing years, the new Companies Act was drafted, the Listing Obligations and Disclosure Regulations (LODR) came into force, and reforms were undertaken as part of the recommendations of the Uday Kotak committee on corporate governance. All these developments have changed the regulatory environment under which independent directors do their job. However, we still seem to be some distance away from finding the right balance between investor needs, regulation and enforcement, and board effectiveness.
Regulatory and Compliance Considerations of Remote Working
by Angela Good
16 April 2021
Remote working has changed our working model and while most people will welcome it, firms must ensure they have identified all regulatory risks. Lockdown has changed the world of work as we know it. Almost overnight firms were forced to shift to a remote working pattern. Although it has generally gone ahead smoothly, research suggests many firms are looking to make the move permanent. This will have significant implications for their regulatory compliance.  According to PWC, COVID-19 has been game changer for remote work. Before the pandemic, 29% of respondents had 60% of their workforce working-from-home at least once a week. That figure has now grown to 69%. The pandemic proved that it could be successful. The survey also found that 95% of employees switched to remote working and either maintained or improved productivity. Employers said they had found work-from-home measures to be successful and that they supported the idea of working from home at least one day a week going forward. Moreover, 35% of companies said they were happy to go with a full-time work-from-home option.
Op-Ed: Test your internal controls
By Derek Smith Jr
The independence of mind and independence of appearance is what gives assurance services their value and credibility. Globally, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendation 18 speaks to financial institutions (FI) programs against money laundering including “an independent audit function to test the system”. Locally, the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, 2018, Section 19(2)(iv) requests every FI to implement procedures based on its nature and size to, at minimum, secure “independent audit arrangements to review and verify compliance with the effectiveness of the measures taken within the act”. By tradition, external audit focuses more on providing assurance to financial statements while internal audit specializes in examining internal processes, procedures and controls. The distinction above appears fundamental and critical to the ongoing discussions of independence and objectivity, even more consequentially whether the local inclusion of the words “independent audit arrangements” gives rise to the obligation of an internal audit, external audit and/or both across the many professions that are captured under FTRA — in particular Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs). This article will proffer no position and only seeks to offer contextual facts surrounding the options.

The Internal Control Institute™ (ICI) improves organizational Internal Control worldwide by
providing training, products and services and individual Professional Certifications
recognized internationally. The Institute's Board of Advisors has determined it would like to
further expand into areas where it is not directly represented. ICI provides world-class
programs and its intellectual property to affiliates free of charge and shares all program
revenue with them. If your organization is interested in partnering with ICI to earn revenue while you contribute to the development of the internal control profession worldwide please contact Dr. Michael Pregmon, Jr., Chief Operations Officer, by email at or by phone at 727-538-4113 in the USA.

Below is a list of WorldWide Affiliates currently serving the profession. If your area is not represented please consider partnering with ICI
2021 Certification Training Program & Exams

ICI and affiliates around the world have a busy training programme scheduled for 2021. For more details on the CICS Training programmes on offer,visit the Events page on our website by clicking on the link below.

ICI World Wide Affiliates

Welcome to our newest affiliate

ICI has entered into an agreement with Internal Control Institute of Benin (ICI Benin") as its representative for Products, Services and Internal Control Certifications (CICS/CICP) in this territory. ICI Benin will be responsible for all development activities in this area, including professional training and Certification. Individuals or companies interested in internal control training or Certification should contact:
Contact: Soulémane BABA DAMAGUI

Contact: Mr Aminur Rahman
Tel: +88 01749 400600
Contact: Soulémane BABA DAMAGUI
Tel: +0022997492600
Contact: Mr Humphrey Chawafambira
Tel: +267 75618647
Contact: Mr Eduardo Person Pardini
Tel: +55 51 3533 8566
Contact: Mr Eric Kamegne
Tel: +237 658 292 978
The website of ICI Cameroon is now operational

Our first CICS session in April is online only
Contact: Mr Qiu Jianting
Tel: 400-098-1119 or 010 68004176
Contact: Mr Yves Dupont
Tel: 0032 2 305 35 25

Scheduled Events
Contact: Mr Summit Goyal
Tel: +91 9810 575 613
Middle East
Contact: Mr Belal Abdul Jabbar
Tel: +962 6 5927171
Myanmar & Cambodia
Contact: Mr Sanjeev Gathani
Tel: +65 9655 4633
Contact: Mr Joel Aluko
Contact: Mr Muhammad Farooq Hammodi
Contact: Mr Cosmin Serbanescu
Tel: +40 752 525 525
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia & Taiwan China
Contact: Mr Bob Seetoh
South Africa
Contact: Ms Sedie Jane Masite
Email: or
Contact: Ms Nadia Yaich
Contact: Ms Ilknur Tunc
Tel: +90 312 442 50 15
Contact: Mr Nguyen Thanh Tung
Tel: 848 3803 5020
Contact: Dr Proctor Nyemba
Tel: +263 4 443124
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