Discussion of the IIRC's latest paper called ‘Integrated Thinking & Strategy: State of Play Report’. Our guest, Tjeerd Krumpelman of ABN AMRO, is one of the leaders of the committee behind the report. Tjeerd is the Global head of advisory, reporting & engagement at ABN AMRO.
At this event, we discussed the middle market market segment with guests who shared three sets of examples of integrated thinking:
earn about Linde plc's approach to integrated reporting following the merger between Praxair, Inc. and Linde AG. Linde plc is the world’s largest industrial gas company by revenue and market share. It is domiciled in Ireland and listed on the NYSE and the DAX.
Linde plc’s sustainability reporting must be cognizant of requirements and expectations from the EU CSR Directive (Irish Rule), the NYSE and DAX, and a range of the major ESG reporting frameworks including that of Integrated Reporting. Join us to learn about their approach to reporting and how things look in their newly-combined company.
Riva Krut, Vice President and Chief Sustainable Development Officer at Linde plc
In this program, Indiana CPA Society shared its 2019 Integrated Report, why they began using this type of reporting, and how they developed their capacity to undertake Integrated Reporting over the past few years. You'll also hear how IR has helped them to connect their business model, performance, and strategy, and the difference this approach is making to their organization. You’ll gain insight into how your company can similarly use Integrated Reporting and what it takes to develop a culture of integrated thinking. A short review of the report is followed by a discussion with program participants. Here's their latest report.
Jenny Norris, CPA, CGMA, CAE, is Vice President of Finance for the Indiana Certified Public Accountants Society (INCPAS). She has two decades of experience in financial management and accounting. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Indianapolis.
A great overview of The Emergence of Integrated Reporting, a paper by the Integrated Reporting Working Group at The Conference Board. Speakers are John Wilcox, Chairman of Morrow Sodali, and Bob Laux, U.S. Lead for the International Integrated Reporting Council.
Thanks to Yafit Cohn, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group General Counsel at The Travelers Companies, Inc. for this guided tour of the company's new integrated reporting site!
Here's the intro to our discussion with Intel on how and why they incorporated a presentation using a multi-capital model into their latest 10-K.
Our guests were Katie Stipic and Erika Kelley from the Intel External Reporting team.
Assurance is a critical support activity that increases confidence in corporate reporting. As companies integrate new types of non-financial information into their annual reports, approaches to assurance will need to adapt.
Our guests for this program were Kristen Sullivan (Deloitte) and John DeRose (EY) in a discussion moderated by Desiré Carroll (AICPA). They discuss how accounting firms have begun to take on this challenge, what's happening now and the possible future paths for assurance of integrated reports. A list of supplemental resources is below the video.
Guests Naomi Greer and Andrea Rudert share an overview of The Clorox Company's latest integrated report including an interactive web version and research the company has done on the influence of their report.
As always, this presentation was followed by >40 minutes of questions and discussion among our community.
Part of the discussion was about assurance. Participants shared a number of useful resources:
here are the links from the chat discussion about assurance:
We are planning future sessions on assurance and the multi-capital model. Please join us!
The surest sign a leading practice will become industry standard is when the industry’s standard-setter adopts the practice for itself. So accountants take note of this tipping point: the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) launched its first integrated report in 2017.
It wasn’t an easy process, Scott H. Spiegel, the AICPA’s CFO, told the <IR>US Community in its most recent community conversation, on December 12, 2018.
“We haven’t always been comfortable sharing with the outside community,” Spiegel said. So integrated reporting made a lot of people uncomfortable in the AICPA, which has over 431,000 members. Talking publicly about how the organization’s vision and purpose drives its strategic objectives and creates value through its business activities seems simple enough. But it triggers an introspective process that shines a new light on conversations about strategy and performance.
Some issues were easy to talk about, such as the diversity of the board, which the organization is proud of. Other issues, such as enterprise risk, took a leap of faith to put in print. One concern was revealing proprietary information. In addition, publishing the organization’s key performance indicators meant being willing to talk about where it fell short. That’s uncomfortable for any organization
In the end, AICPA leaders saw the positive impact of integrated reporting on their own thinking, so they followed through despite their discomfort. And they’ve committed to continuing with integrated reporting, potentially diving deeper into issues such as natural capital. That the AICPA is committed to its integrated report should tell us all which way the wind is blowing for the industry.
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