Together with certification, the audit activity allows companies to increase their transparency and credibility level to shareholders, customers, suppliers, banks and stakeholders in general.
Belonging to the RSM International network – one of the most important in the world of audit services – allows us to keep up with convergence process of accounting and audit principles, which have been present throughout the world for many years.
Auditors know corporate processes deeply, therefore becoming strategic consultants and with data and analysis they can suggest a different perspective when facing market challenges.
To assess budget compliance with regulations, through its competent and proficient team, RSM offers several IT instruments, combined with modern methodologies to provide customized audit.
Legal audit and voluntary audit
Audit is subject to specific rules, constraints, and principles, according CE 43/2006 European directive, then modified by Directive UE 56/2014:
- competence and diligence
- data privacy
- professional approach
- well established technical principles
RSM Audit Team objective is, as the Regulations state, to “guarantee the regular functioning of markets and improving both integrity and efficiency of published balance sheets”.
For some subjects, like private companies, public interest bodies and bodies subject to specific audit requirements, audit services are demanded by D.Lgs 39/2010 as mandatory (such as legal audit), in the other instances may defined as voluntary audit.
Voluntary audit implies all the audit activities outside the regulation provided by D.Lgs 39/2010. Such activities also include complete voluntary audit of balance sheets, reviews, audit of some specific balance items along with selected audit methodologies on specific accounts. The service also includes audit of social and sustainability balance sheets.
RSM legal audit
Our audit approach is closely connected with the most advanced technologies available - based on such principles as:
- understanding our clients’ business
- strict in-house procedures to guarantee quality and independence
- deep technical knowledge of the market
These elements are assessed by expert professionals and for this reason we believe that appointed partners and managers should be present throughout the entirety of the audit procedure. Our approach is based on a continuous communication process between professionals and the client’s own staff and management, as well as on the knowledge of control instruments used to monitor company performance.
RSM adopts audit methodology used by RSM network in all countries in the world, compliant with international audit principles as well as audit principles applied in each single country.
During audit activity RSM uses audit methodology created by the coordinated work of all the teams of its global network and used in more than 100 countries: ORB methodology.
Thanks to RSM ORB, audit teams have an innovative and potent instrument supporting them in providing a high-quality service, thanks to:
- a consistent approach, with any number of operations, in any jurisdiction, customized according to specific risk and circumstances
- innovative use of technology, to improve experience and audit result
- reliability and the skill to find areas requiring a closer examination and critical judgement, therefore providing an added value to the anlysis and detailed assessment.
Artificial Intelligence applied to audit
We have developed our own audit software allowing us to operate with a very innovative approach, even revolutionary: the audit process is completely digitalized, as the same time providing paperless activity management.
Thanks to advanced analysis instruments, and to artificial intelligence in our system, we can do detailed and focused testing procedures, according to customer’s needs and to the activity done, considering the parameters of the specific sector.
Artificial Intelligence component can model auditor’s work when applying ORB methodology used by RSM International network, together with detecting, anomalies, thanks to advanced algorithm which can detect frauds and proposing innovative cycle test functions.
Our software makes our audit processes simpler and faster through leaner and technologically more advanced procedures. It allows audit teams to work simultaneously on the same assignment, optimizing results and promptly solving problems or important issues during testing. The software also allows creating and maintaining a privileged communication channel with customers, who will enter a personal uses area thanks to which they can:
- examine a detailed analysis of their own economic, financial situation, therefore obtaining a first performance assessment screening
- assess the request of audit team
- exchange information with auditors and download the documentation for doing the activities.
Communications, information and documentation collected from the customer and the data in working papers are received and preserved in compliance with European norms for personal data protection and privacy protection since the software is characterized by a web architecture equipped with best data encryption for safety measures.
Guarantee for quality, independence, and data safety
High quality standards
Strict controlling of in-house quality and external monitoring is performed by our controlling units, so as to guarantee the highest qualitative standards of audit activity: RSM is subject to CONSOB quality check, to Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and RSM International.
Ethics and Independence
RSM has prepared an ethical handbook for guiding employees, who attend training courses on a regular base. Moreover, all RSM network uses Global Relationship Tracker, to be able to find possible conflicts and to guarantee its independence in auditing activities.
Safety and data protection
All RSM companies meet standards of privacy and data safety, according to jurisdictions.