Audit materiality and environmental matters in financial reports: some interview evidence
Chiang, CKH; Northcott, D
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This paper reports interview evidence on audit materiality and environmental matters in financial reports. The findings were based on interviews with twenty-seven senior financial audit practitioners in New Zealand. Significant findings from the research interviews are (1) the auditors’ interpretation and perception of the materiality assessment would fundamentally preclude them from even considering environmental matters in their audits, (2) a legislative mandate may be needed to bring about the same awareness in and focus on environmental matters in financial auditors, as is presently evident in public sector auditors; (3) there is evidence of an ‘expectations gap II’ – i.e. a gap between the expectations of standards setters and practicing auditors (Specht & Waldon, 1992). However further research is required to investigate the cause(s) for the ‘expectations gap II’ and what might be done to bridge this gap.