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Integrated Reporting and the independence debate

3 October 2014

Over the last few weeks, and particularly the last weekend, the eyes of the world have been on Scotland – a country of just over 5 million people.  Today we are absorbing the result of the historic referendum campaign and the decision of the Scottish people to reject independence and remain part of the United …

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The stepping stones towards more forward looking corporate reporting

26 August 2014

Why company directors have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, from future oriented disclosure  I have found it a startling fact that around 60% of Apple’s revenue last year was generated from products that did not exist four years ago – a reflection of the speed and pace of change we are seeing in …

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The Trilemma of Reporting

26 August 2014

Reporting companies find themselves in a colorful landscape of codes, frameworks, indicators. Many of these companies – not only SMEs – are concerned and overburdened by this complexity. Many discussions are summed up with one thing most agree on: the need for “alignment” of the different frameworks or approaches which suggests principles or indicators. What …

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An investor perspective – corporate reporting reform can enhance long-term investment decisions in infrastructure

28 July 2014

A report – Unlocking investment in infrastructure – published by the largest six accounting networks in June 2014 made some important recommendations to the B20. The B20 has recognised this report in its paper, B20 Infrastructure & Investment Taskforce Policy Summary, calling for, “accounting rules to eliminate or address barriers to long-term and infrastructure investment” …

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Major summits point to clearer direction for global economy

28 July 2014

In the immediate aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, the expectation was that globalization would give way to a new era of protectionism and introspection, as Governments grappled with the civil and economic chaos caused by the first universal meltdown of its kind. The farsighted decision in 2009 to elevate the G20 to the status …

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Reporting and long-term value creation

8 July 2014

It is always a big day when government declares it is seeking to do less rather than more. The new strategic report in the UK has an agenda to allow companies to tell their stories through reporting, together with insights into the challenges and opportunities now and into the future. Best practice must be shared …

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Giving voice to a new, inclusive and transformational capitalism

25 June 2014

“…just as any revolution eats its children, unchecked market fundamentalism can devour the social capital essential for the long-term dynamism of capitalism itself”, Mark Carney, 27 May 2014 This analysis from Mark Carney helped to shape the Inclusive Capitalism conference hosted by the Lord Mayor of London which I was privileged to attend. The Governor …

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Pfizer and AstraZeneca debate: when “the greater good” matters

6 May 2014

The business pages, and now the mainstream media, have been dominated over the last week with news of Pfizer’s proposed $106 billion takeover of AstraZeneca, which would make it the largest ever foreign takeover of a UK company.  Now, a number of politicians have become involved and the arguments are spilling over into a discussion …

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Corporate Reporting in the Big Data Era

28 April 2014

What is the brand new management hype? Real-time reporting of financial information is certainly close to the top of that list. Calls for more frequent reporting of financial information suggest that quarterly or semi-annual reports come too late for investors. The argument goes that more frequent reporting will decrease cost of capital and improve corporate …

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Integrated Reporting in Brazil

11 April 2014

The introduction of Integrated Reporting <IR> concepts is very similar to the start of the Corporate Governance (CG) movement in Brazil. Both cases offer a new way to think about the world of organizations. The debate about the best CG practices enjoyed wonderful progress over the past two decades. It was initially very difficult to …

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