Understanding Integrated Reporting: The Concise Guide to Integrated Thinking and the Future of Corporate Reporting

Integrated Reporting <IR> is the big new development in corporate reporting that everyone is talking about. Why? Quite simply, <IR> marks a paradigm shift in the way companies and other organisations think about business models and the creation of value.

 <IR> promotes long term thinking about value-creation and stewardship across a broad base of interdependent capitals — financial, manufactured, human, intellectual, natural, and social and relationship.

Understanding Integrated Reporting: The Concise Guide to Integrated Thinking and the Future of Corporate Reporting provides a practical and expert distillation of <IR> for professionals. Carol Adams explains in simple terms what <IR> is and how to do it; how it links with other reporting frameworks and what it means in terms of thinking and processes. You’ll also get a clear business case for <IR> and insights and best practice examples from leading integrated reporters.

The book can be purchased here. It is available as an e book for immediate use or in hard copy.


In his Foreword to Understanding Integrated Reporting: The Concise Guide to Integrated Thinking and the Future of Corporate Reporting the CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council, Paul Druckman writes:

“This book is a significant contribution and a good source of learning about Integrated Reporting … I particularly appreciate the “Before you report – things to consider” chapter. This is a quick guide to report preparers grappling with the first steps that are important to have in place prior to the preparation of an integrated report; “Preparation”, “Getting buy-in” and “Developing integrated thinking”. I believe that integrated thinking is at the core of Integrated Reporting – without an understanding of this concept we will not be able to achieve real integration in corporate reporting. This book takes a profound step in connecting this critical concept and its application to Integrated Reporting. The section dealing with “fixing gaps in your integrated thinking” demonstrates that this concept challenges the current paradigm of business and poses some compelling reasons why companies may have identified these gaps through their reporting process.”

<IR> is not just for companies. The book demonstrates how integrated thinking and <IR> can benefit many other organisations whose success and influence depends on relationships and partnerships.


Why I wrote “Understanding Integrated Reporting: The concise guide to integrated thinking and the future of corporate reporting”

Who this book is for

Foreword by Paul Druckman

Chapter 1. Overview: what <IR> is – and what it is not

Who are integrated reports for?

Who should prepare an integrated report?

Links to other reporting frameworks

Chapter 2. The benefits of preparing an integrated report

Chapter 3. The essential ingredients of <IR>

Chapter 4. The fundamental concepts

The value creation process

The capitals

Value creation for the organisation and others

Chapter 5. The guiding principles

Chapter 6. Before you report – things to consider/do

Ten steps to <IR>

Fixing gaps in your integrated thinking

What is your value creation story?

Thinking about your business model more broadly

Determining material issues

Chapter 7. How to report

What your report needs to include – the content elements

An additional report or an amended annual/sustainability report?

Achieving connectivity of information

Where reporting needs to go

Chapter 8. A word on assurance of integrated reports

If you have any questions about planning for integrated reporting or preparing an integrated report, contact Carol Adams.


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