Dealogic reports that 144 companies have gone public this year, a 71% increase from the same time period last year. Average deal size is smaller this year, pointing to capital markets' attraction to smaller companies. Dealogic notes that the average IPO value is $231 million this year, less than the $256 million in 2013.The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/CFO Journal blog
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White is urging companies to self-report compliance violations because the agency gives credit for such overtures. She says a company could receive a reduced penalty or even no penalty when it self-reports. For companies thinking they can escape detection, White says the possibility that they will be reported by a whistleblower is growing.The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Risk & Compliance Journal blog
How to set a company's insurance deductible Several factors must be weighed when determining a company's insurance deductible, including risk tolerance and financial ability to respond to losses. Such issues call for participation of the CFO in decision making.CFO.com
Companies such as Whole Foods Market are using wellness incentives for workers, including letting employees earn discounts on products for being physically active. Employers find that employees who are healthier are happier, cost less in medical claims and are more engaged.The Guardian (London)
Water at 1 in 10 U.S. beaches is polluted and not fit for swimming, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Great Lakes beaches stand out as more dangerous than ocean ones.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content)
The nonrenewable-resources sector faces distinct risks, such as increased regulatory pressure due to carbon emissions and the need for a culture of safety and emergency preparedness."
-- Jean Rogers, founder and executive director of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, as quoted by Compliance Week
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