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Measuring Relationships: a route to competitive advantage and reduced risk

6 February 2017 in Blog posts

Corporate failures and scandals often have deep relational roots. So too does success, for the essence of any business is to invite people into relationship as investors, customers, employees or suppliers and to make such relationships more valuable. Yet, as the authors of The Relational Lens recently published by Cambridge University Press point out, these …

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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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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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IIRC welcomes significant endorsement of Integrated Reporting by IFAC

11 January 2017 in IIRC's news

The International Federation of Accountants has released a paper stating that “Integrated Reporting is the way to achieve a more coherent corporate reporting system, fulfilling the need for a single report that provides a fuller picture of organizations’ ability to create value over time”. The paper sets out IFAC’s strong support for the IIRC and …

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Relational Capital – So What?

6 January 2017 in Blog posts

The idea that there is some hypothetical value in relationships is obvious to most people but it remains a vague idea for many companies and accountants.  Relational capital is a significant element of the International <IR> Framework but companies are only just learning to think fluently about it.  It functions very differently from the other …

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