This excerpt taken from the AMZN DEF 14A filed Apr 5, 2005.
Financial Statements and Financial Reporting Process
1. Annual and Quarterly Financial Reporting: The Committee reviews and discusses with management and the independent auditors the annual audited and quarterly unaudited financial statements and related disclosures included in the Companys quarterly earnings releases and in the Companys periodic reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q (including the Managements Discussion and Analysis section and officer certifications). The Chair may represent the entire Committee for the earnings releases and quarterly reviews.
The Committee recommends to the Board of Directors whether the annual audited financial statements should be included in the Companys Form 10-K.
2. Annual Audit and Communications with Independent Auditors: The Committee reviews and discusses the scope and results of the independent auditors annual audit and quarterly reviews of the Companys financial
statements, and any other matters required to be communicated to the Committee by the independent auditors. The Chair may represent the entire Committee for the quarterly reviews.
3. Disclosure, Accounting and Financial Controls: The Committee discusses with management, the senior internal audit executive and the independent auditors the adequacy and effectiveness of the Companys disclosure controls and procedures, the adequacy and effectiveness of the Companys internal control over financial reporting and the Companys risk assessment and risk management policies.