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Outing the outcomes

1 October 2015

South Africa’s Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) has tasked its Working Group to come up with an information paper on Outcomes. The reason is that too few companies are getting this right in their integrated reports. It’s an area needing improvement that doesn’t appear to be particular to the South African reports. When asking international colleagues to …

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Information needs to be interconnected for investors to understand how to use it

3 September 2015

Integrated Reporting can enable investors to make investment decisions with greater confidence and over longer time horizons. But for Integrated Reporting to become mainstream, investors need to recognize its potential and start demanding the companies they invest in produce the type of information Integrated Reporting offers. Only then will the full benefits of this reporting evolution …

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A toolkit for inclusive capitalism

3 September 2015

As the boundary of financial relevance expands and policymakers reach for new solutions, they must incentivise behaviour that builds long-term value and give businesses and investors the right tools, argues Jonathan Labrey, Chief Strategy Officer, IIRC Policymakers around the world are starting to grapple with a fundamental economic truth: that the boundary of financial relevance …

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The Accountancy profession needs to up its game

5 August 2015

I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel session on Integrated Reporting <IR> at the Institute of Management Accountants Annual Conference in Los Angeles.  The panel was moderated by Carlos Martin Tornero, Editor of The Accountant magazine.  Carlos’ first question was “why did you become interested in <IR> in the first place”?  My …

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The adoption of the EU Non-Financial Directive in Germany

30 July 2015

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has issued a concept paper on the adoption of the EU non-financial directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. Currently, there is a lively debate going on in Germany about the pros and cons of “non-financial” information in financial …

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Connecting quarterly updates to Swedfund’s long-term value creation activities

6 July 2015

In April 2015 Swedfund, the Swedish state’s development project finance institution, published it first Integrated Report. Inspired by the International <IR > Framework the report represents an important step for our commitment to greater accountability and transparency. Swedfund’s mission is to contribute to poverty reduction through financing sustainable business. Building on over 35 years experience …

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Opportunities and necessities from a long-term investor’s view

3 July 2015

While the annual report remains the most important information source for investors, the reports in their present form do not provide a sufficiently true and fair picture of the company. This is due to the intensive weight factors like ESG, brand values, customer and employee loyalty, market position (concept of capitals) that increasingly impact the …

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Integrated Reporting is taking off in France

2 July 2015

Here we are! The idea of integrated reporting is significantly growing in France. It does not mean that numerous integrated reports will be published next year, but that most major French companies have now assimilated the idea. Most are at least pondering what it could mean for them over the next few years. It was about time. …

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