ASX200 corporate reporting trends – 2019

ASX200 corporate reporting trends – 2019

Over 70 percent of Australia’s largest listed organisations and many large scale non-listed organisations are now focusing their reporting on long term value through using at least some of the principles of integrated reporting, our 2019 KPMG survey of the ASX200 has found. This is up from 48 percent a year ago, and shows a critical mass has now been reached in Australia. Organisations are using the principles of ‘integrated reporting’ <IR> to help them better communicate their business and how they create value for their shareholders, customers, employees, regulators and other key stakeholders.

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Good governance driving Australian companies to adopt integrated reporting

KPMG’s sixth annual survey of corporate reporting trends in Australia, covering reports to 30 June 2019, includes interviews with directors and senior executives from organisations such as AGL, ANZ, Dexus, Lendlease and Transurban as well as Cbus, Australia Post and Deakin University, who are at different stages in their integrated reporting journeys. These business leaders highlight why and how they got started, the key benefits achieved to date and feedback received from investors and other stakeholders.

Key findings of KPMG’s survey

  • Continued increase in the number of organisations that are using the principles of integrated reporting to prepare their annual report, with a growing number now referencing the IIRC’s <IR> Framework.
  • Increased focus in reporting on the creation of value and beyond financial performance, bringing in discussion on other business outcomes e.g. health & safety, environmental and community ‘performance’.
  • Recommendation 4.3 (R4.3) of the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles & Recommendations (4th Edition), effective from 1 January 2020, requires Boards to identify their periodic corporate reports (used by investors) and explain how they verify the content where it has not been subject to audit and review. This will drive Board focus on what is being reported across the reports portfolio, and especially what is included in the annual report.
  • The commentary to R4.3 (and R7.3 on environmental and social risk) confirms that the principles of integrated reporting can be used when preparing the Operating & Financial Review (OFR) in the Directors’ Report. This approach has also been supported by ASIC, AICD, G100 and ACSI and is the approach being used by most of the organisations adopting integrated reporting in Australia.

We encourage organisations to continue to improve the quality of their reporting and move towards adopting the principles of integrated reporting to provide more meaningful corporate reporting and better information to support internal business and investment decision-making.

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