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9 October 2018

Core & More in practice testimonials

In finding out what the Future of Corporate Reporting should look like (click to see our dynamic infographic), we also offered solutions. In 2015 we introduced a new approach to presenting corporate reports: Core & More.

Our Core & More concept presents corporate reports in a more connected and structured way; linking financial and non-financial information to accommodate diverse stakeholders’ needs. (See more in the links below.)

Since then, companies have gotten inspired to use Core & More in their annual reports. Two company representatives tell us about their experience:


Massimo Romano

Massimo Romano – Generali

Massimo Romano – Head of Group Integrated Reporting – Generali 

 

What attracted you to the Core & More concept?

Core & More fits in our aim for simpler, faster, and smarter corporate reporting: easier to manage, more effective in delivering and applying integrated thinking. It is really powerful to focus on the value creation story and the strategic information to connect the dots between reports, disclosing specific detailed information and break down siloes.
 

How has this proven useful in practice?

We have been able to leverage management commentary as our Core report and connect it to more detailed information in More reports. Applying Core & More came as a natural step in our corporate reporting evolution.
 

How do you see Accountancy Europe’s role in pushing the debate on the future of corporate reporting forward?

I think Accountancy Europe can help drive change by:

  • Spreading the gospel and keeping momentum by sharing by sharing practical examples and explaining how companies can apply the Core & More concept
  • Connecting the Core & More concept to other relevant initiatives such as aligning it with the IASB’s work on a management commentary framework
  • Focusing on the digital aspect of Core & More to evolve corporate reporting. Companies should become more effective in dealing with their high volume of data and provide users with already public information that can be collected according to their needs
  • Helping auditors evolve the current practice in providing assurance for the new NFI disclosure streams. For example, even if there is already a relevant business case, auditors are still ‘cold’ in providing assurance statements following the <IR> Framework. The auditor journey has just started

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Tjeerd Krumpelman

Tjeerd Krumpelman – ABN AMRO

Tjeerd Krumpelman – Head of advisory, reporting & engagement – ABN AMRO Bank 

 

What attracted you to the CORE & MORE concept?

We saw 3 things increasing: the number of regulatory requirements we had to comply with, the interest level in NFI, or pre-financial indicators as I like to call them from different stakeholder groups beyond investors, which then lead to our integrated annual report’s volume to rise to over 450 pages.

We needed a targeted approach to more concisely tell our story and address the interests from different stakeholder groups. We like Core & More because it gives the freedom to tell our true story: who we are and how we create value for stakeholders. It also allows to do so in a concise, clear and understandable way and in less than 100 pages.

 

How has this proven useful in practice?

Core & More enables us to really think about and decide what is our core message, what’s the story of our company and how we are performing, focusing on strategy and long-term value creation. That is why it worked so well to combine Core & More with the <IR> framework. We could not tell our story and focus on all mandatory aspects of reporting at the same time. We use the More reports to meet different stakeholder information needs without this very specific information cluttering the overview that reporting aims to provide. For example, regulators that mandate certain disclosures can find those in a specific More report.
 

How do you see Accountancy Europe’s role in pushing the debate on the future of corporate reporting forward?

I think Accountancy Europe can:

  1. Share best practices on Core & More and put them out there.2
  2. Influence legislators and regulators to do better in providing guidelines for putting requirements into practice. For example, reporting on any item required under the NFI Directive goes against the Core & More and <IR> principle to only report what is material and focus on the company’s value creation drivers.
  3. Elaborate on the link between assurance and Core & More. There is work to be done on how to combine the Core & More approach with assurance. We have had great conversations with assurance providers on Core & More. There are two trains of thought, namely:
    • get assurance on as many More reports as possible and then the Core report is free from requirements
    • get assurance on complete Core report and only assuring the More reports when mandatory.

I believe that if Core gathers all essential corporate information relevant for all stakeholders, assurance should be sought on the whole Core report. For 2017 our Core got limited assurance based on the <IR> framework principles. This was new, our auditors had never done that before. Now we want to move towards more reasonable assurance on parts of the Core report, but we but feel there is some insecurity and reluctance towards this in the accountancy profession. NFI accountants enjoy this type of debate but their financial counterparts are less excited.

  1. Bridge the gap between financial and non-financial accountants by targeting the more financial accountants that are not yet used to this innovative way of thinking. The accountancy profession seems behind on what is really happening in integrated reporting, Accountancy Europe could help accountants embrace new developments a lot more.

ABN AMRO core & more

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