Our Russian and CIS clients steal the show at awards ceremonies overseas
This awards season proved a successful one for our Russian and CIS clients, NMLK and Kazakamys with both companies being recognised at two national Annual Report contests in Moscow on the 17th and 18th of November.
A big night for Black Sun clients at the IR Society Best Practice Awards
The Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards, which took place on Tuesday the 22nd of November, proved a huge success with Black Sun clients Tullow Oil and Xstrata being heralded for their hard work and dedication to developing their Corporate Reporting.
Triumph for Black Sun client BAE Systems at the 2011 ICSA Hermes Transparency in Governance awards
BAE Systems continues their success from last year, to pick up the award for 'best board disclosure' for FTSE 100 at the 2011 ICSA Hermes Transparency in Governance Awards.
Xstrata's outstanding reporting is recognised at the PwC Building Public Trust Awards 2011
Black Sun's client, Xstrata, has been 'highly commended' in the PwC Building Public Trust Awards 2011, for 'Excellence in Reporting' in the FTSE 100 category.
ACCA Accounting and Business: The print backlash
Robert Bruce reviews the FRC's original suggestion that the Annual Report should be online and the current debate on printed Annual Reports, with opinions from various interested parties including Black Sun, Deloitte and the ABI.
Four Black Sun clients nominated for IRS Best Practice Awards
African Barrick Gold, BAE Systems, Tullow Oil and Xstrata have all been nominated at this year's IRS Best Practice Awards.
Accountancy: Reporting the truth
The Governments move to simplify company reports will make them easier to digest but are raising concerns amongst investors, Sallie Pilot explains in this months issues of Accountancy Magazine which reviews the most recent narrative reporting consultation from BIS.
The Guardian: Companies are embracing corporate responsibility in their Annual Reports
The Guardian uses an article written by Black Sun which looks at Black Sun's research findings into the level of integration of non-financial information into FTSE 100 and G20 Annual Reports. To do this Black Sun reviewed the links and integrated connections between an organisation's strategy, governance and financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates.
Financial Director: Getting the message across
Richard Crump reviews the implications of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) discussion paper which calls for company reports to be delivered in a clear, concise and user-friendly format that demonstrates the links between an organisation’s financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates. Views from Black Sun and various other interested parties on what this means for companies have been called upon to assess the benefits of these proposals.
Delivering corporate reporting to the world’s businesses – Black Sun’s Russian website goes live
Black Sun is delighted to announce the launch of the Black Sun Russian website. Over the last few years clients from Russia and the CIS have become a vital part of the international growth of our business. We see this website as a great way of sharing our experience, research and knowledge.
Accountancy Age: Financial Reports 'must tell story'
Accountancy Age, highlights Black Sun's thoughts for those involved in corporate reporting. In this article, Black Sun advises preparers to see corporate communications as an opportunity to engage with stakeholders and improve the quality of disclosure, rather than as a regulatory burden.
Deloitte IAS Plus - The Bruce Column: Going for Long-Term Value
Robert Bruce reviews the implications of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) discussion paper and the current appetite for the implementation of integrated reporting. Quoting Black Sun's latest research into integrated reporting within the G20, it is evident that companies are on the journey towards integration, with South Africa leading the way.
Black Sun advises businesses to focus on the story as BIS launches new consultation into reporting
As BIS launches the next stage of ‘The Future of Narrative Reporting’, with their consultation on a new reporting framework, which considers options for simplifying the format of corporate reporting and increasing accountability, Black Sun, advises that the focus for improving reporting needs to be firmly planted on how to help corporates tell their story better.
Three Black Sun clients shortlisted for the 2011 ICSA Hermes Transparency in Governance Awards
Amlin, BAE Systems and Electrocomponents have all made the shortlist for a brilliant total of seven categories at this year’s prestigious industry awards.
Communicate: New discussion paper on integrated reporting released
Communicate reviews the discussion paper released by the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC), called 'Towards Integrated Reporting - Communicating Value in the 21st Century' and reviews Black Sun's latest research of G20 Annual Reports which shows that companies are on a journey towards integration.
CFO World: FTSE 100 struggle to keep reports short
CFO World reviews Black Sun's latest research into corporate reporting trends of the FTSE 100, in light of the FRC's 'Cutting the Clutter' paper and changing regulation. The findings from Black Sun's research shows that the average Annual Report has increased to 175 pages in length (up from 164 pages in 2009), with six reports weighing in at over 300 pages.
Financial Director: From accounting to accountability
Financial Director investigates the changing landscape of corporate reporting and reviews Black Sun's most recent research 'From the Inside Out' which explores the business benefits of good, transparent reporting.
Management Today: Good reporting is a proxy for good management
Management Today examines how boards of well-run companies can differentiate themselves through good reporting, with David Christopherson, CEO of Black Sun, offering ten top tips on ways to achieve this.
Communicate Magazine - Government plans to reform corporate reporting face mixed reception
A survey of representatives attending Black Sun's annual corporate reporting seminar, showed that there was unanimous support for the need to change the role of the corporate report so that it becomes a key tool for all communications. However 56% of the respondents said that the government’s consultation on corporate reporting may not improve engagement with shareholders.
Accountancy magazine: Board members lack basic knowledge
At Black Sun's annual corporate reporting seminar, respresentatives were questioned over the level of engagement with the Annual Report and their knowledge of the business. Responses showed that two-thirds of respondents, believed that their fellow board members have a poor grasp of their own business model.
The Accountant: Standard of integrated reporting in G20 needs improvement
Companies within the G20 still have progress to make in integrating their Annual Reports shows a new report from Black Sun. The Accountant highlights findings from Black Sun's research, which is being used to provide input into the International Integrated Reporting Committee’s (IIRC) work of designing a new framework to enable businesses to achieve the vision of integrated reporting.
Black Sun Plc celebrates national award win
Black Sun Plc is celebrating winning an award for its work with Motability Operations, the business behind the Motability car, powered wheelchair and scooter schemes for disabled people. The accolade, awarded at the sixth annual Motability Supplier Awards, recognises excellence, efficiency and innovation.
Accountancy Age: Governance and risk reporting is on the rise
At Black Sun’s annual corporate reporting summit, a poll of the attendees found that 90% believed that governance and their transparency of risks has increased within their Annual Report, with most respondents confirming that those risks which are reported on are the 'actual' risks of the business.
Director of Finance: Corporate reporting costs to increase under new government proposals
Black Sun’s annual corporate reporting summit, which was attended by almost half of the FTSE 100, found that corporates are keen to improve the quality of corporate reporting, but are unsure how the government plans to simplify and enhance corporate reporting will achieve their aim.
Black Sun Research: From the inside out; exploring the business benefit
The economic crisis, evolving legislation, peer group pressure and the ever-increasing demands from stakeholders for more information from corporates, have dramatically altered the corporate reporting landscape, and in particular, the narrative content of Annual Reports. At Black Sun we believe that high quality reporting can set a business part from its peers and increase confidence in its future sustainability. The purpose of this research is therefore to build the business case for companies to invest further in their reporting.
Sallie Pilot discusses corporate governance alongside Ed Davey, MP and Sir Roger Carr
Sallie Pilot was invited to present the findings of Black Sun’s latest pieces of research at the ICSA Hermes Transparency in Governance Awards summer seminar, alongside two of the most influential figures in the corporate reporting debate: Business Minister Ed Davey, MP and CBI President Sir Roger Carr.
CFO World: G20 corporates falling short on integrated reporting
Daniel Mather from CFO World, reviews the findings of Black Sun's recent study into integrated reporting. The study was conducted to provide input to the International Integrated Reporting Committee’s (IIRC) work in designing a new framework to enable businesses to achieve the vision of integrated reporting.
Black Sun Research: Towards Global Sustainability
With integration rising on the corporate agenda, Black Sun felt the time was right to gain greater insight into global integrated reporting trends and developments. Black Sun have published a suite of three documents assessing the extent to which financial, environmental, societal and governance reporting has been integrated into the Annual Reports of companies internationally.
Telling the Story
Black Sun's sixth annual analysis of FTSE 100 Annual Reports, 'Telling the Story 2010', illustrates how companies are meeting the continuing demands of stakeholders and regulators to tell their story in an effective and meaningful way.
Exploring the business benefit of corporate reporting
Black Sun's annual conference was again a huge success. As the UK's only exclusively focused corporate reporting conference, the day provided the forum for discussions and insights into reporting trends and hot topics.
Black Sun welcome Dominic Walters as Digital Director
Black Sun are delighted to announce that Dominic Walters has joined the team in the role of Digital Director. In this position, he will use his extensive experience to develop Black Sun’s digital offer for clients, helping them evolve their digital strategies through a wide range of channels including corporate websites, mobile devices, online annual reports and online CSR reports – utilising our latest innovative technologies and best practice approaches.
Black Sun clients win at 2011 Strategic Value in Corporate Reporting Awards
Black Sun is pleased to announce that Tullow Oil has been awarded for the Most compelling narrative and Inchcape has been awarded for Best strategy and objectives at this years Strategic Value in Corporate Reporting Awards.
Sallie Pilot, leading the debate on 'the age of accountability' at the 2011 ICSA Corporate Governance conference
This year’s conference examined what lies ahead in corporate governance following the work on the new UK Corporate Governance Code and other regulatory measures, and asked what it all means for corporate accountability and transparency.
The Rank Group awarded 'best investor communications' at the 2011 PLC awards.
Black Sun Corporate Reporting is pleased to announce that The Rank Group has been recognised for their investor communications at the 2011 PLC awards.
Advancing Corporate Reporting - Integrated reporting gathers momentum
Integrated reporting continues to be a subject matter in high demand, which was confirmed by today’s interactive breakfast briefing, hosted by Black Sun Corporate Reporting and attended by representatives from FTSE 100 companies and advisory bodies.
Inchcape Corporate Website goes live!
Today sees the launch of Inchcape’s new corporate website – a collaboration between Black Sun and the Inchcape Corporate Communications team.
Black Sun clients shortlisted at Strategic Value In Corporate Reporting Awards!
Inchcape has been nominated for the Best Strategy & Objectives and Tullow Oil has been nominated for the Most Compelling Narrative.
Black Sun are ranked in the Top 50 for The Sunday Times, UK Best Small Companies to work for.
Moving up the rankings to 47th place in their second year of entering, Black Sun is proud to be recognised yet again, as one of the top 100 Best Small Companies to work for by The Sunday Times for 2011.
Reporting business models?
Today, this highly popular seminar, run by Black Sun Corporate Reporting returned for its second session, and proved to be as animated as the first, where representatives from the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, along with advisory bodies debated over the definition of the business model and how it should be reported.
Financial Reporting Council: Effective Company Stewardship
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has recently published recommendations aimed at improving dialogue between company boards and their shareholders referencing Black Sun’s Rethinking Reporting research when discussing the need for companies to improve the quality and relevance of their narrative reporting.
Business Innovation and Skills: Evaluation of the Companies Act 2006
BIS has recently undertaken a project to evaluate the main provisions of Companies Act 2006 citing Black Sun's Rethinking Reporting research in their summary findings.
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We have been privileged to work with some extraordinary clients over the past year to develop their Corporate Reporting and Communications programmes. Our 2012 yearbook brings to life how we partner with our clients to integrate their reporting, build unique investment identities and deliver compelling stories through print and interactive media.
In June 2012, we hosted our annual conference – the UK’s only conference focused exclusively on Corporate Reporting. The day provided a forum for many insightful and energetic discussions of the hot topics in Corporate Reporting, and was enjoyed by more than 100 delegates representing the FTSE 100, FTSE 250, legal and accounting bodies.