Towards Integrated Reporting: Communicating Value in the 21st Century
The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) has brought together world leaders from the corporate, investment, accounting, securities, regulatory, academic, civil society and standard-setting sectors to develop a new approach to reporting. This approach, Integrated Reporting, will meet the needs of the 21st century. It builds on the foundations of financial, management commentary, governance and remuneration, and sustainability reporting in a way that reflects their interdependence. The IIRC aims to forge a global consensus on the direction in which reporting needs to evolve, creating a framework for reporting that is better able to accommodate complexity, and, in so doing, brings together the different strands of reporting into a coherent, integrated whole. This Discussion Paper considers the rationale behind the move towards Integrated Reporting, offers initial proposals for the development of an International Integrated Reporting Framework and outlines the next steps towards its creation and adoption, including the publication of an Exposure Draft in 2012. Its purpose is to prompt input from all those with a stake in improved reporting, including both producers and users of reports.