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Harvard Business School e-book on integrated reporting

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31 Jan 2011

Harvard Business School has made available a free e-book entitled 'The Landscape of Integrated Reporting: Reflections and Next Steps'.

On 14-15 October 2010, "A Workshop on Integrated Reporting: Frameworks and Action Plan" was held at the Harvard Business School, which discussed the concept of integrated reporting, what its contribution could be to creating a more sustainable society, and what must be done to ensure its rapid and broad adoption in a high quality way. Attendees included companies, analysts and investors, NGOs, regulators and standard setters, accounting firms, technology and data vendors, academics, students, and civil society.

Following the workshop, the Harvard Business School decided to publish a free "e-book". Everyone who attended the workshop was invited to write a contribution for the book, which saw 64 pieces contributed totalling some 110,000 words. The objective of the book is to capture the current state of integrated reporting in the world, highlight the critical issues that must be addressed to ensure its rapid and broad adoption, and offer many good suggestions for an effective action strategy to make this happen.

With the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) aiming to issue an international discussion paper later in 2011 and include integrated reporting on the agenda of the G20 meeting in November 2011, the e-book may be useful reading for those interested in understanding the developing push towards integrated reporting.

The e-book can be accessed for free through the Smashwords website. The Harvard Business School has also published an Executive summary (link to HBS website, PDF 2130k) of the workshop. Click for our Sustainability reporting page.

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