2018 Integrated Thinking Study: strengthening of integrated thinking – an approach that benefit both companies and their stakeholders
For the third consecutive year, Capitalcom, the Cliff, the C3D, the IFACI and Vigeo Eiris have joined forces to conduct a cross-analysis of corporate
practices and perceptions regarding integrated thinking by companies and their stakeholders.
Faced with the multiplication of societal and environmental challenges, companies must reconcile their economic, financial and extra-financial dimensions, in interaction with all the actors of its ecosystem, in a long-term dynamic. An ever more current topic in France, where the French PACTE bill, currently under discussion by Parliament, intends to include the consideration of these issues in companies’ social purpose.
For the third consecutive year, Capitalcom, the Cliff (French association of financial communication professionals), the C3D (College of Sustainable Development Directors), the IFACI (French Institute of Internal Audit and Control) and Vigeo Eiris have joined forces to conduct a cross-analysis of corporate practices and perceptions regarding integrated thinking by companies and their stakeholders. This year, the system was strengthened by nearly 20 hours of exchanges with all the company’s stakeholders (eg. investors, NGOs, shareholders,…).
According to this study, the progress of integrated thinking is evident: its benefits for companies and their stakeholders are no longer debatable. Corporate governance bodies are increasingly involved in the process, leading and/or supporting an ever more transversal operational mobilization. The creation of an integrated report makes it possible to materialize and share this strategic evolution, while at the same time using pedagogy to explain how companies create value. And while the integrated report embodies a company’s approach to integrated thinking, it is also a powerful driver of change: according to 84% of the companies surveyed, the preparation of an integrated report triggers integrated thinking within their organization.
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