Annual Report Architecture

Is one integrated annual report the right solution? Or is a ‘Core’ report with a number of detailed ‘More’ reports on a website a better approach? Do you stick with a paper annual report and/or PDF? Or do you make the move to ‘Digital first’ reporting? Not only do these formats differ, you also have to make choices when it comes to the structure. Do you focus on value creation? Or would you prefer to report on the basis of your strategic themes? Sustainalize can help with these choices by presenting different options based on our experience, and choosing the form that best fits your organization.

Of course you need to make your own choices. But at the same time, annual reporting now has to meet an increasing number of requirements. For instance, there are legal obligations with regard to non-financial information, and most companies want their annual reports to comply with generally accepted reporting guidelines such as those of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). We can advise you on the technical aspects of your external annual report both before and during its realization. This way, we can ensure that your report complies with all relevant rules and standards.

Your internal project team can also use Sustainalize’s expertise. We are knowledgeable about the various standards and can advise you on the structure of your annual report. During the writing process, we can conduct gap analyses in relation to GRI, the IR framework and other relevant benchmarks. We can also arrange for coordination with the external auditor regarding technical choices. If we create a ‘content plan’ together with you, we can ensure that important elements such as value creation, materiality and strategy receive logical representation – and guarantee connectivity throughout the report.