Integrated Reporting (<IR>) is being increasingly talked about as the future of corporate reporting.
The corporate landscape is changing and Integrated Reporting is an ideal tool with which to explore value creation. This direction of travel – which is voluntary – is focused on driving more authentic, comprehensive and meaningful information about all aspects of an organisation’s performance and value creation story delivering benefits for both internal and external stakeholders. Quite simply, Integrated Reporting (<IR>) is considered by many to be the future of corporate reporting.
There are increasing concerns that the assets covered by financial statements reflect a steadily diminishing component of shareholder value. Research in 2015* found that net assets of S&P 500 companies represented 16% of their market capitalisation, compared to 83% in 1975. In other words, intangible factors, including trust, reputation and long-term viability of the business model that are not necessarily captured by accounting records have become the material value drivers. Add to this the failure of current financial statements to capture the value of inputs from, or reliance on, natural capital and forms of capital other than financial capital, and the ground is ripe for new ideas. Integrated Reporting is at the forefront of these ideas.
*Annual Study of Intangible Asset Market Value 2015, Ocean Tomo
What is integrated reporting and what are the benefits?
Integrated Reporting brings together material information about an organisation's strategy, governance, performance and prospects in a way that reflects the commercial, social and environmental context within which it operates. It leads to a clear and concise articulation of your value creation story which is useful and relevant to all stakeholders.
But is not only about reporting; Integrated Reporting encompasses Integrated Thinking. It is as much about how companies do business and how they create value over the short, medium and long term as it is about how this value story is reported.
There are a multitude of benefits associated with Integrated Reporting - both within an organisation and from an external perspective.
- Encouraging your organisation to think in an integrated way
- Clearer articulation of strategy and business model
- A single report that is easy to access, clear and concise
- Creating value for stakeholders through identification and measurement of non-financial factors
- Linking of non-financial performance more directly to the business
- Better identification of risk and opportunities
- Improved internal processes leading to a better understanding of the business and improved decision making process.
“Integrated Reporting is not only about the final product; it’s about demonstrating the integrated thinking.”
“Being able to excel in telling your value creation story will be an increasing source of competitive advantage”
Paul Druckman, CEO, IIRC
Listen to a short extract of Paul Druckman, former CEO of the IIRC, talking to Deloitte about Integrated Reporting in the film below.
Five years can bring about an immense amount of change. Paul Druckman has just stepped down as Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting council. In this interview he reflects on what has been achieved in that time under his leadership.
Richard Howitt outlines his vision for integrated reporting in the years ahead, talking here about companies using integrated reporting to manage business and create value.
Richard Howitt has just taken over as Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council. In this video interview he talks with Robert Bruce about maintaining the pace, building more global momentum, putting integrated reporting at the heart of corporate governance around the world, and influencing the concept of inclusive capitalism.
If you’d like to know more about Integrated Reporting and broader corporate reporting including some practical tips then Deloitte’s further resources, found at www.UKAccountingPlus.co.uk, include:
A Directors’ Guide to Integrated Reporting
This publication provides a guide for directors on integrated reporting, focussing on the drivers of integrated reporting, what integrated reporting is, and the real benefits that business have seen behind integrated reporting.
<IR>: how does it fit into the UK corporate reporting landscape?
Providing a UK specific perspective this publication examines how an integrated report is different from the strategic report positioning integrated thinking as the missing link.
Annual report insights 2016: A clear vision
Our report showcases the latest trends, innovations and opportunities to drive improvements in the preparation of annual reports as well as identifying the key pitfalls.