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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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A global investor perspective

29 June 2015

Cars, investments and intangible assets What matters to the modern day car buyer? According to consumer surveys, style and appearance rank highly but the most important factors are reliability, price, running costs, fuel efficiency and safety.  New cars incorporate technology such as lane departure warning systems, automatic parking, integrated communication and stop start capabilities. In …

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Is Integrated Reporting just a passing fad?

3 June 2015

Sarah Grey, Markets Director, IIRC sums up an <IR> Business Network debate, held to coincide with the first IIRC Council meeting of 2015. The <IR> Business Network debate asked the question, “Is Integrated Reporting just a fad? Or is it here to stay?’ Eight senior panellists – a mixture of large multinational business representatives and …

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What is the value of a park?

3 June 2015

Grant Patterson, Programme Lead, Public Sector Pioneer Network, IIRC, talks about a Public Sector Pioneer Network debate, held to coincide with the first IIRC Council meeting of 2015.  It was clear from the Public Sector Pioneer Network event that interest in the public sector for Integrated Reporting <IR> is gaining considerable momentum. Public sector bodies are …

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Three shifts towards better decision-making

26 May 2015

The game-changing model of US criminal justice, “the broken windows theory”, dictates that if you take care of the small problems you can prevent the big problems from occurring in the first place.  The theory is that when a window is broken and someone fixes it, it is a sign that disorder will not be …

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