Företagens minskade intresse för humankapitalsredovisning
Companies employee are today a large resource, in some cases even one of the largest. Because of the accounting standards of today the companies are not allowed to show the human resources as an asset in their accounting reports. Even though there are a number of normative institutions, it is FASB that has summed up the three criteria that a resource has to fulfil to be allowed to count as an asset. The three criteria are; the resource are expected to involve economic profits to the company in the future, it is supposed to be controlled by the company and also it has to arise due to an happened event. One of the accounting problems of today is that the companies do not seem to control the employees in a way that FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) demands. The criteria lack due to the fact that the employees are allowed to go home at the end of the workday or resign when ever they please.The companies of today are able to make the human resources visible in their accounting thru an addendum or a supplement to the ordinary annual financial report. However, several attempts have been done to find a solution of the problem to allow the human resources as an asset, still with no lasting results. Nevertheless, a number of models have been created to estimate the value of the human resources, among others there are SkandiaNavigator, IC-rating and The Intangible Assets Monitor. The models were frequently used under the majority of the nineties but today we are not using them in such a large-scale.For external partners could the leave out of the human capital accounting mean that they might loose essential information that might influence their decision-making. Our job has despite this, showed a large lack of interest from the external partners, for what the soft facts the human capital is an indicator of. The lack of interest could be a contributed fact to why it has been a depreciation of human capital accounting over the years. Even floss on reliability and comparison, which is two important terms in accounting context, seems to be a strong reason why the valuation models do not apply in a large scale by the companies.
School:Högskolan i Gävle
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:human resources intellectual capital accounting
Date of Publication:02/14/2007