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Columbia Sustainable Finance Professionals Network: An Introduction to Integrated Reporting

  • 6 Nov 2019
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Hogan Hall 2910

Toward a Holistic View of Corporate Financial, Intangible and Sustainability Information 

Prominent companies in the U.S. like Intel, Travelers, Clorox, Prudential and Southwest have begun issuing integrated reports combining financial, intangible and sustainability information. Many public and private companies have also begun this journey driven by the need to improve performance and to tell a more holistic story that attracts the right investors, clients and employees.

This session will explain the key concepts behind integrated reporting and will include examples from a dozen U.S. public company reports.  The learning objectives include

  1. Understand the two key trends that make integrated reporting inevitable
  2. Learn the three basic concepts you’ll need to create your own mode
  3. Leave with a vision of how your company or practice could get started


Mary Adams helps companies develop holistic strategies to drive both profits and prosperity. Her expertise is integrated reporting that helps her clients internally, to drive better performance, and externally, to attract investment, customers and employees. Her approach has been developed during a 35-year career in finance, strategy and consulting. Her firm, Smarter-Companies works with middle-market companies, has trained consulting firms on five continents and is the founder of the Integrated Reporting U.S. Community in collaboration with the IIRC.

Mary is the co-author of Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st Century Organization. Prior to starting her consulting firm in 1999, she spent 14 years as a high-risk lender in the U.S. and Latin America at Citicorp and  Sanwa Business Credit. She received a BA Political Science from Rice University and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School (now part of Arizona State).


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