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Annual report insights 2020-Surveying FTSE reporting

Published on: 29 Oct 2020

This year our survey of FTSE companies’ annual report focuses on the hot topics that companies themselves are focusing on, including COVID-19. COVID-19 illustrates how quickly an environmental, social and governance (ESG) issue can affect financial returns, reinforcing the need for resilient business models and the importance of fostering relationships with all stakeholders not just shareholders.

The growing awareness of the relationship between purpose and profit and growing recognition by companies of the need to deliver sustained value to a range of stakeholders is redefining the social contract between business and society. ESG factors now feature prominently in boardrooms and gain ever more attention from investors.

Our survey examines reporting trends across five areas – purpose, people, planet, profit, sometimes referred to as ‘the 4 Ps’, and the pandemic. It includes insight on responses to changing report requirements, areas for improvement, regulatory hotspots and examples of disclosure.

The report is available here. 

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