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  • 28 Feb 2018 3:05 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    This paper was released at the recent IIRC Conference in Tokyo. It was a collaborative project between the AICPA (Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association – the unified voice of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs), Black Sun and the IIRC. It’s based on a global survey of business leaders, analysing how value creation information is used and understood.

    The survey found that executives believe they need better information to deliver future business success. In order to create sustainable value for all stakeholders, executives globally report an interest in taking a longer-term strategic perspective and having more insight into drivers of future performance.

    Read the full paper

    Read a summary of the report by Sallie Pilot

  • 15 Feb 2018 2:55 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    Sustainable Brands describes integrated reports delivered on line are growing:

    Research from Message Group among Europe’s 800 largest companies shows that between 2015 and 2017 the number of businesses publishing financial and extra-financial information in one single integrated report increased by 34 percent, while the number of companies publishing separate sustainability and annual reports decreased by 30 percent. In the same time period, the number of annual reports communicated either partly or fully in HTML format has grown to 41 percent, while the animated interactive PDF format is on its way out.

    Read the full article

  • 6 Feb 2018 2:42 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    IR Magazine's coverage of a recent MSCI paper highlights the prediction: 

    ‘In 2018, we anticipate that the disclosure movement reaches a tipping point, as investors seek broader data sources that can balance the corporate narrative and yield better signals for understanding the ESG risk landscape actually faced by portfolio companies.’

    Read the full article

  • 31 Jan 2018 4:20 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    Integrated Reporting is on the rise in the U.S. Learn more and join the conversation at our next meeting!

    Summary of our Investor Spotlight

    Thanks to all who attended our January meeting with Jason Voss of the CFA Institute.  We had an engaging discussion that included corporates, investors, advisors, nonprofits and academics. Jason was on the original IIRC Framework Committee and has a deep understanding of the importance of integrated thinking and reporting.  

    See a video of discussion highlights as well as a great post by Kite called Integrated reporting reveals the world for what it is.  (And please join us next week--see invite below!)

    U.S. News

    The Value of Variety in Reporting

    Larry Fink calls for longer term thinking and governance

    Integrated reporting reveals the world for what it is 

    International News

    We need to understand impacts better 

    Sustainable Brands: Global Leaders Convene to Identify Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Address the SDGs 

    Strategic Finance: Integrating non-financials to create value

    Join us February 7!  

    Live web meeting: Integrated Reporting at JLL

    Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) was one of the first U.S. companies to participate in the International Integrated Reporting Council and has continued to adopt the principles of the Integrated Reporting  Framework in its financial reporting and sustainability materials.

    Join us for the February web meeting of our Integrated Reporting - U.S. Community where we'll get a guided tour of JLL's most recent report. Then we will have an open discussion about their approach to developing the report each year and the reasons that they continue to take an integrated strategy for reporting.

    Our guide will be Mark J. Ohringer, Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Jones Lang Lasalle, a position he has held since April 2003. He oversees the firm’s legal, compliance, ethics and insurance programs on a global basis.

    This interactive virtual meeting will be next Wed 2/7 at 3 PM EST. Please join us!  More information and registration

  • 31 Jan 2018 2:31 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    In a recent article The Value of Variety in ESG Reporting at Triple Pundit, Julia Wilson of Nielsen explained how her company is dealing with the multitude of reporting standards:

    Sure, an abundance of reporting entities means that there’s plenty of excess out there. However, at the heart of external reporting lies the question: what does this diversity in ESG reporting entities afford us today? For starters, there’s value in recognizing the patterns that emerge. The ability to spot trends across multiple frameworks or standards is one way to validate your efforts and reconfirm the strategic areas of greatest importance to your key stakeholder groups...

    Read the full article

  • 18 Jan 2018 3:46 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    It has become a tradition in recent years for Larry Fink CEO of the world's largest investor, BlackRock, to write an open letter to CEO's. This year, the firm took the extra step of posting the letter on its website. 

    While the letter does not specifically address integrated reporting, he uses similar language to our movement including statements such as:

    • "You publicly articulate your company’s strategic framework for long-term value creation and explicitly affirm that it has been reviewed by your board of directors"
    • "Your company’s strategy must articulate a path to achieve financial performance. To sustain that performance, however, you must also understand the societal impact of your business as well as the ways that broad, structural trends"
    • "A company’s ability to manage environmental, social, and governance matters demonstrates the leadership and good governance that is so essential to sustainable growth, which is why we are increasingly integrating these issues into our investment process"

    Read the full text of the letter

  • 3 Jan 2018 7:59 AM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    Summary of our Prudential Spotlight

    Thanks to all who attended our December meeting.with Suzanne Klatt of Prudential Financial.   We had an engaging discussion that included corporates, investors, advisors, nonprofits and academics. Prudential has been part of the International Integrated Reporting Council since its founding in 2010 and Suzanne shared some great insights on their progress over time.  

    See a video of the live tour of their report as well as a great post by Kite called The Power of Purpose.  (And please join us in January--see invite below!)

    U.S. News

    IFAC: How SME's Can Get Started with Integrated Reporting 

    IFAC: The Case for <IR> in SME's 

    IR Magazine: Progress in U.S. ESG integration

    International News

    IIRC newsletter 

    What is the future of corporate reporting?

    UAE Business.com: New Trend For Middle East Companies Moving Towards Listing To Adopt Integrated Reporting 

    Don't miss this on January 10!  

    Live web meeting: An Investor's View of <IR>

    Our goal with this conversation is to help you learn about the changing priorities and needs of investors, and how these changes relate to the integrated reporting movement. Our guest for this program will be Jason Voss, Director of Content, CFA Institute. Jason has experience as an investor and was on the original IIRC Framework Committee, It's sure to be a spirited conversation. 

    This interactive virtual meeting will be next Wed 1/10 at 2 PM EST. Please join us!  More information and registration

  • 21 Dec 2017 4:36 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    In a follow-on to an earlier article featured here, Paul Thompson writes on the International Federation of Accountants site How Can SMEs Implement Integrated Reporting? A Starter Kit.

    The article suggests three scenarios where integrated reporting can be of help:

    1. Seeking a Buyer
    2. Seeking a Contract
    3. Seeking Financing
    He suggests a series of steps to get started with the process and provides a nice bibliography of related resources. 

  • 7 Dec 2017 4:31 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    In The Case for SMEs to Consider Integrated Thinking and Reporting on the International Federation of Accountants knowledge site, Paul Thompson explains why it's a natural fit:

    But unlike many larger companies, SMEs often have the latitude to take a long-term view and pursue objectives above and beyond simply profit. Many SMEs are run by owner managers who see business as integral to and a reflection of their lifestyle and values. This lends itself to a way of thinking, and corresponding reporting, that stresses the long term over the short term, the future over the past, and principles over profit.

    The article discusses two broad categories of benefits for SMEs: improved management and improved external communications. 

    Read the article 

  • 30 Nov 2017 4:42 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    The title of this article is actually less positive: US lags behind Europe and Canada on ESG Integration but the content includes some good news: 

    Between January and July 30, there were several proxy voting landmarks, with State Street voting against the election of directors at 400 companies without female board representation, and Blackrock, Vanguard and Fidelity voting in favor of shareholder proposals related to climate change – ultimately leading to ExxonMobil, Occidental and PPL Corporation being defeated at the ballot.

    But only half (49 percent) of US institutions surveyed by RBC Global Asset Management use ESG principles as part of their investment approach, compared with 85 percent of institutions in Europe and 73 percent in Canada.


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