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Integrated Reporting – Closing the reporting gap

Integrated Reporting – Closing the reporting gap

Investors want better information on business value drivers. How can <IR> principles help?

Matt Chapman

Senior Manager, Better Business Reporting

KPMG in the UK


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Mind the gap

When evaluating companies, investors firmly focus on the future. Last year’s earnings may be a good starting point, but what about the company’s strategy and its progress in implementing it? How will this drive value? Although corporate reports could answer these questions, many don’t.

The result?

There’s a gap between what investors need to know about business plans and long-term strategy and what corporate reports are telling them. This reporting gap makes it harder for investors to discern the true drivers of value creation in a business.


"Investors would like to see corporate reporting that effectively and credibly links performance measures both to strategy and the drivers of business value. Integrated Reporting is an ideal tool to help companies describe their businesses and to find measures that reflect all aspects of their ability to create value."

Andrew Jones,

Lead: Investor Engagement, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) 

The role of the regulator

Regulators have a role to play in closing the gap. National regulatory initiatives have sought to prompt companies to provide more information on strategy and progress, but practice does not always live up to the regulatory ambition.

Closing the gap

The IIRC's Integrated Reporting Framework provides a tool that can help companies close the reporting gap.

The IIRC's SlideShare, produced in association with KPMG, explains:

  • how investors can benefit from companies' implementation of <IR> principles; and
  • what investors can do to encourage better disclosure on strategy and operational performance.

Find out more

KPMG’s Better Business Reporting site shows how companies’ narrative reporting can provide investors with a longer-term perspective on business performance.

Visit for more information on how <IR> can enhance the way organisations report the story of their business.

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