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Former vice-chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, Ian Mackintosh, announced as new Chair of Corporate Reporting Dialogue

31 January 2017 in News releases

Participants of the Corporate Reporting Dialogue have announced Ian Mackintosh as the Dialogue’s next Chair. Mackintosh stood down as Vice-Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in June 2016 after five years in the role and has over 30 years’ experience in national and international accounting standard-setting. He will use this experience to drive …

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Is Relational Capital the same as Reputation?

27 January 2017 in Blog posts

It is certainly true that your business is impacted by people’s perception of it; people such as employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and society in general.  But relational capital is more than reputation.  It is also about the structure and configuration of your company’s relationships. Being clear about what we mean and don’t mean by relational …

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Accountancy Europe: 30 years of fostering the dynamics for better corporate reporting

27 January 2017 in Blog posts

At our 30th anniversary, the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) changed its name to Accountancy Europe. Bringing together 1 million European professional accountants through our 50 members across the continent, we continue to inform and advance the profession. This anniversary also introduced our new tagline ‘Because people count’. Indeed, Accountancy Europe’s watchwords of ‘trust, integrity, …

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Quality Discovery and <IR>

26 January 2017 in Blog posts

For a growth investor like Comgest, focusing on quality is one of the very few practical approaches to increase our odds of investing in companies that will indeed profitably outgrow expectations already priced in their shares. Notwithstanding the tendency of investors to look for simple answers to complex questions, companies can certainly do a better …

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New North American lead to put Integrated Reporting at the heart of business agenda across the continent

25 January 2017 in IIRC's news

The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) today announces the appointment of Bob Laux as its North American Lead. Prior to joining the IIRC, Laux led the Treasury Controller Group at Microsoft, responsible for the accounting and disclosure of Microsoft’s USD 100 billion treasury portfolio. Many of America’s leading brands have adopted Integrated Reporting over recent …

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Classifying Assets within Relational Capital

25 January 2017 in Blog posts

Just as there are specialist in the structuring and management of financial capital, human capital, natural capital and even intellectual capital, so there are an emerging group of specialists in relational capital.  The key task of those specialists is to enable general management to understand how to handle relational capital alongside the other five capitals …

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International Accounting Bulletin: Comment by Richard Howitt – Davos initiatives can address the trust deficit

25 January 2017 in In the news

The official title of the World Economic Forum this year may have been ‘responsive and responsible leadership’. But all the talk was of how business can respond to the challenge from the growing loss of trust, anti-globalisation sentiment and its political consequences. There was a stout defence of the Paris climate change agreement and against …

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The importance of Integrated Reporting for internal decision making

24 January 2017 in Blog posts

While much of the focus on Integrated Reporting has been on the needs of external stakeholders, the needs for better internal decision making can be significantly improved through utilizing the six capitals approach. As an example in 2014 I worked with a US industrial service company which serves the steel industry, to incorporate a checklist …

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Board Agenda: Value creation the missing link in integrated reporting

13 January 2017 in In the news

Integrated reporting is gaining in popularity, but a review of recent reports reveals companies still need to link governance structures with value creation over time. Value creation is the missing piece of the puzzle in the first phase of integrated reporting, according to a review of reports by early adopters of the integrated reporting framework. Read …

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Board Agenda: Let’s keep integrated reporting voluntary

13 January 2017 in In the news

Should integrated reporting be mandatory? It’s an interesting question, and one that cropped up at the ICGN/IIRC joint conference this week in London. It’s not a frivolous question; after all, if integrated reporting (IR) is good at persuading boards to develop strategy for long-term value creation, and if investors and economic reformers like long-term value, then …

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