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Prepare for Your Q1 2024 Board Meeting by Considering These Questions

Executive Resource
Audit committees and boards may want to consider new SEC climate rules, federal tax credits, the benefits of AI, and updated segment disclosure requirements.
April 15, 2024

As a board member, the questions you raise at quarterly board meetings can lead management to evaluate options and consider varying perspectives when making challenging decisions.  Weaver, knowledgeable in advisory services, offers these topics and questions to raise at upcoming board and committee meetings to generate productive discussion and identify prospective opportunities as well as challenges.

Is the company prepared to comply with new SEC requirements for climate disclosures?

The SEC will now require public companies to report certain climate-related information in their registration statements and annual reports. This includes information about a registrant’s climate-related risks that have materially impacted, or are reasonably likely to have a material impact on, its business strategy, results of operations, or financial condition. Many companies will also have to disclose their Greenhouse Gas Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) emissions as part of the new rules. Certain qualitative disclosures related to severe weather events and other natural conditions will also be required in a registrant’s audited financial statements.

Has the organization considered new and existing federal tax credits?

Strategic deployment of available tax credits can contribute to an organization’s long-term financial health and sustainability. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 created production and investment tax credits for existing and emerging zero-emissions energy sources, including solar and wind, energy storage, clean hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture technologies. The Research Tax Credit (RTC) provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction of federal income tax liability based on a percentage of qualified research expenses exceeding a base amount.

Leveraging these credits can enhance cash flow, foster innovation, and improve competitiveness.

Is the company harnessing the potential benefits of AI?

The rapid expansion of AI, or artificial intelligence, has already begun to fundamentally change the way business gets done. This transformation comes with risks, but also enormous opportunities. Some benefits include the potential for gaining insight and actionable steps from big data, the ability to improve customer service, data analysis to support real-time business decisions, and reducing the need for employees to perform mundane tasks.

How is the organization preparing for updated segment disclosure requirements?

Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2023-07 improves disclosure requirements for reportable segments by enhancing disclosures, primarily focused on significant segment expenses by requiring disclosure for expenses that are significant to the segment, regularly provided to (or easily computed from information provided to) the chief operating decision marker (CODM) and included in the reported measure of segment profit or loss.  The ASU also extends disclosure requirements to companies with only one segment and updates disclosures requirements regarding other segment items, multiple measures of segment profit or loss which are used by the CODM, and the CODM’s title and position, among others. The updates are effective for public entities with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, and interim periods in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2024.

Here are questions to consider when preparing for changes related to the adoption of ASU 2023-07:

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