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A better understanding of long-term risks to commercial models can only be of benefit to business and to the investor community. Explaining how corporate value is created and sustained is important, and the IR Framework enables business to do this
—Helen Brand OBE, chief executive, ACCA

IR can help restore trust in business, but now is the time to put the Framework into action

The launch today of the IIRC’s Integrated Reporting Framework is welcomed by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), saying this represents a landmark opportunity to break down the silos in corporate reporting. 

Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive says: 'Now is the time to put the Framework into practice. This presents a significant opportunity to refresh corporate reporting and to place investor’s needs central to the process.'

ACCA believes that IR brings a number of benefits because it offers a focus on the long term strategy and performance of a business. The Framework centres on the material information about an organisation’s governance, strategy, prospects and performance that reflect the commercial, social and environmental context within which the organisation operates. 

Helen Brand adds: 'A better understanding of long-term risks to commercial models can only be of benefit to business and to the investor community. Explaining how corporate value is created and sustained is important, and the IR Framework enables business to do this.

'Ultimately, I hope that IR will restore trust in business – reporting models have been criticised in the past, but now is the time for change. I am sure the accountancy profession is ready and willing to show the necessary leadership to make that change happen.' 

ACCA and IR

  • Helen Brand, ACCA’s chief executive, is a member of the IIRC’s Council;
  • Neil Stevenson, ACCA’s executive director – brand, sits on the IIRC’s Working Group;
  • ACCA’s global network has been raising awareness of IR and supporting the IIRC’s outreach work for a number of years;
  • ACCA’s Annual Reports for 2011 / 12 and 2012 / 13 have been produced using the IR Framework, giving a concise, clear and comprehensive picture of how ACCA has created value by making its strategy happen.

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For more information, please contact

Helen Thompson, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5759
+44 (0)7725 498654
helen.thompson@accaglobal.com 

Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 
  2. We support our 162,000 members and 428,000 students in 173 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 89 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 
  3. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.