This study is based on a wider international methodology that KPMG has developed to analyze corporate reports and which resulted in our global study Room for Improvement.
Derived from this, we have analyzed the results and trends for the 23 major non-financial Dutch companies - listed and/or with a turnover of at least EUR 10 billion.
Why carry out such an analysis? At KPMG, we have believed for a long time that business reporting can and should be improved. This is not about better reporting for reporting's sake, but to enable better decision-making by investors and other stakeholders. The capital markets rely on relevant and well-presented information. But they need more than just the numbers.
Quite apart from its backward-looking nature, financial performance alone does not and cannot tell the whole story of a company and nor does it enable stakeholders to assess the potential success of a business for the long-term. This is why corporate reporting needs to step up and give a fuller, more long-term view.