Business reporting in this economic environment: What to action now and consider for the year ahead

We recorded a live webcast on 9 February 2012 to help identify what makes good reporting. We share our insights on issues for management and the board in today’s tough environment, explain what investors want to see in the annual report, and look ahead at what’s likely to change.

Headline-grabbing economic concerns in Europe mean significant challenges for business. Not least of these right now is how to communicate clearly to the markets about the impact events are having on business today, and plans for growth in future.

With market confidence shaken, we are seeing a positive response from investors and regulators to those companies that provide some additional, pertinent disclosures to help reassure the markets. But that doesn’t mean adding clutter. Far from it. It means demonstrating that the business critical issues, such as securing funding for borrowings, acquisitions or capital projects, are being effectively managed. It means inspiring confidence in your business model and its resilience in this environment. And it means building trust in the appropriate governance of your business.

In our live webcast, we looked at some of the critical issues that the board and audit committees are focusing on as they sign off annual reports. And we share how investors say you can make them "sing hallelujah” when they see your disclosures. We also look ahead at what’s expected to change in the coming months to inform your priorities and strategies for the coming year.

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