Exploring the implications of integrated reporting for social investment (disclosures)

by Carol A. Adams, Brad Potter Prakash J. Singh and Jodi York The purpose of this study is to examine the evolution of corporate reporting on social investment activities in the context of a global move toward integrated reporting approaches. The paper adopts both a conceptual and content analysis approach to examining the reports of four multi-national corporations – […]

Panel discussion on assurance of sustainability and integrated reports at the GRI conference

The title given by the GRI for this discussion was ‘Assurance trends – improving the quality of sustainability data’. But when I’m reading a corporate report, whilst I expect the data to be accurate, its the quality of the internal control, management and governance processes that matter most to me. I doubt I’d find anybody […]

The changing portrayal of the employment of women in British banks’ and retail companies’ corporate annual reports

by Carol A Adams and George Harte This paper examines disclosure with respect to gender and employment in the corporate annual reports of major British banking and retail companies during the period 1935-1993. Setting the disclosures in the social, political and economic context of six distinct periods, the authors suggest that the position of women […]

The future of corporate reporting, the Sustainable Development Goals and capital markets

In this video Paul Druckman talks about the future of corporate reporting and accounting for sustainable development. He discusses the need to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into the thinking of capital markets. He argues for increased take up of integrated reporting and the need for convergence across the various standard and guideline setters. Whilst […]

Better corporate reporting: challenging credibility

In this interview Paul Druckman talks about the role of corporate reporting in providing information to investors, the role of Stewardship Codes and pension funds in creating a shift and the role of regulators in encouraging better corporate reporting. He discusses the challenges concerned with increasing the credibility of integrated reports. This is the fourth in […]

Video: panel discussion with Paul Druckman: Normalising integrated reporting

This video records a panel discussion with Paul Druckman the CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Carol Adams and Richard Slack both Professors of Accounting at Durham University Business School and Anne Adrain, Deputy Director, Sustainability and Assurance at ICAS. The key highlights of each presentation are summarised below. More information about the […]

Reporting and the Politics of Difference: (Non)Disclosure on Ethnic Minorities

By Carol A Adams and Ken J McPhail This article is based on two related research questions. First, what is the level of disclosure on ethnic minorities in the two sectors of the U.K. economy that historically have employed the most ethnic minorities: the banking and retail sectors? And secondly, what influences the (non)disclosure? It […]

Reporting chief’s formula for better decision making

By Anne Adrain Paul Druckman, CEO of the IIRC, says “three shifts” in capital markets will lead to better informed and more sustainable investment. Integrated Reporting will provide greater benefits to business through “three shifts” in capital markets, according to one of the world’s leading experts. Speaking at Durham University Business School, Paul Druckman, CEO […]

The role of corporate reporting in raising awareness of ESG risks and opportunities

By Carol A Adams Do Board Directors really understand the inter-relationships between: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk; delivering on strategy; and, corporate reporting? There are a number of factors that, taken together, make this an important question: the link between ESG risk, reputational damage and delivering on strategy; investor demand (or lack thereof) for […]

Cbus superannuation fund publish first report in a 3 year journey towards integrated reporting

by Carol A Adams The Cbus Annual Report for 2014/15 represents a significant first step on their journey towards integrated reporting. Cbus has been part of the <IR> Pension Fund Network for Integrated Reporting since 2013 following a meeting between Cbus CEO, David Atkin, and other Cbus executives with Paul Druckman, CEO of the International Integrated […]