In an increasingly globalised world, corporate organisations have business locations across the globe, whether small local branches or international headquarters. These locations have to produce documentation to meet local requirements, be they stipulated by law or simply by commercial demands. You might think, for example, that in financial documents for regulatory purposes, the numbers are the important factor. That is true, of course, but making sure the message from key executives that accompanies the numbers comes across as intended can be just as critical.
Since 2008 we have seen dramatic growth in the regulatory requirements facing corporations. Starting with Sarbanes-Oxley in the US, national and international regulations worldwide have been tightened or introduced across all industries, and in the financial services industry across a wide range of products. This development owes its existence to almost catastrophic misdeeds, mismanagement and manipulation in the financial system, and aims to change the way businesses operate.