This was how one of the members of the FRC’s Narrative Reporting team put his thoughts to the gathering at the Discussion Forum on the ‘Exposure Draft: Guidance on the Strategic Report’ at FRC HQ last Tuesday.
Traditionally corporate reporting has been about stating what has happened. It is an evidence-based approach to communication with stakeholders that should, subject to audit confirmation, be indisputable.
My colleague, Garry Honey, observed in a recent FutureValue Briefing paper that: “The Strategic Report [ … ] marks a significant change in the way risk is to be reported”. As he points out it links risk and strategy explicitly in corporate reporting for the first time.
The challenge of embracing the extensive and now in-force regulatory and mandatory changes to corporate reporting is manifesting in a variety of ways across the spectrum of quoted companies, FutureValue has observed.