Auditing Sustainable Development Goals – The Next Issue on the Horizon
For SDGs to be implemented in an efficient, effective, and economical manner, auditors will need to be knowledgeable and up-to-date on the breadth and depth of subjects covered. The professional challenge for auditors will be to identify areas where SDGs will need to be considered, as well as to incorporate these issues/concerns into their audit plans. Many key obstacles will need to be overcome, including:
- how to make the case for auditing SDGs, and
- internal resistance from management and others
- these will add cost/time to audits performed.
This presentation will be a primer on what the SDGs are and some of the key areas to keep in mind when auditing. The following is a preliminary table of contents for the presentation:
What Are SDGs?
Timeframe for SDG Implementation
The Role of Auditors
Making the Case for Auditing SDGs
Dealing with Resistance
How to Audit SDGs
Important Areas to Consider
Reporting Audit Results
How CAAF Can Help
Although not all of the challenges can be noted during the presentation, as each audit is different with its own unique concerns and problems, there will be opportunity for participants to discuss issues faced or likely to face, as well as possible solutions.
This will also be a good opportunity to inform/remind the internal audit community of Canadian reporting commitments with respect to Canadian SDG results, which will be compiled and disseminated back to the United Nations.