Understanding the important role the Risk Function plays in the production of an organisation’s annual Integrated Report
Presented by Sheralee Morland, CEO, Joshero (Pty) Ltd
Thank you very much Sheralee for your interactive presentation at our BarnOwl info-sharing event held at the BarnOwl offices in Bryanston on the 20 February 2020.
Integrated Reporting is an approach that helps businesses think holistically about their strategy and plans, make informed decisions, manage key opportunities and risks to build investor and stakeholder confidence, and help manage the organisation’s performance:
Integrated reporting seeks to explain how the organisation interacts with the external environment and the capitals to create value over the short, medium and long term.
It is anticipated that IR will become the corporate norm; doing away with multiple, disconnected reports. It is already a stock exchange listing requirement in South Africa. Unlisted companies and not-for-profit organisations can voluntarily adopt to apply the International Integrated Reporting Framework (IIRF).
EY: “Integrated reporting is a way for a company to offer its stakeholders a holistic view of the financial and non-financial business impact”.
You will notice in the diagram above that ‘Risk and Opportunities’ is a fundamental component of Integrated Reporting. King IV advocates an outcomes based approach which means that it is expected of companies to consider the impact of their operations on the six capitals. In addition, King IV now requires the governing bodies of organisations to ensure that “active opportunity identification” is conducted. These are the stand-alone opportunities that are not necessarily aligned with any downside risk.
Food for thought:
What I liked about Sheralee’s presentation was that it was thought provoking and interactive and definitely not the run of the mill theoretical presentation. In fact, Sheralee started with the following Q&A slide, which we actively debated for quite some time. You may wish to ask yourself the following thought provoking questions:
Food for thought when considering whether we want our annual report to be an ‘honest and factual integrated report’ or just a ‘glossy magazine’ telling everyone how wonderful we are and possibly skirting around the real risks / issues:
In summary, perhaps it’s time for us to talk about the hard facts and the real risks in our integrated report instead of skirting around the issues in pursuit of a nice glossy annual ‘magazine’.
More on Integrated Reporting
Integrated thinking leads to integrated decision-making and actions that consider the creation of value over the short, medium and long term
The IIRC’s long-term vision is a world in which integrated thinking is embedded within mainstream business practice in the public and private sectors, facilitated by Integrated Reporting as the corporate reporting norm.
The cycle of integrated thinking and reporting, resulting in efficient and productive capital allocation, will act as a force for financial stability and sustainability.
Integrated Reporting seeks to explain how the organization interacts with the external environment and the capitals to create value over the short, medium and long term.
Integrated reporting, for any type of organisation, applies principles and concepts that are focused on bringing greater cohesion and efficiency to the reporting process, and adopting ‘integrated thinking’ as a way of breaking down internal silos and reducing duplication. It improves the quality of information available to providers of financial capital to enable a more efficient and productive allocation of capital. Its focus on value creation, and the capitals (financial, human, manufactured, social & relationship, natural and intellectual) used by the organisation to create value over time, contributes towards a more financially stable global economy, no matter how small the organisation is.
Sheralee comments that, “I believe that a well-constructed annual Integrated Report that tells the value creation story of an organisation is good for its brand and reputation and builds goodwill and trust. Contribute! Advise! Guide! Influence”’
For an example of a recent Integrated Report produced by Sheralee and describes the Value Creation process of the organisation, refer to:
Should you need assistance with the production of your Integrated Report, or the role of Risk in its production, call Sheralee on 0741161262 or reach her on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation and Video links:
Useful and associated links:
IRMSA 2020 risk report: http://www.barnowl.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/IRMSA-Risk-Report-20203180.pdf
http://www.barnowl.co.za/event/barnowl-information-sharing-session-29th-july-2016-on-the-integrated-report-and-integrated-thinking-in-the-reign-of-king-iv-by-leigh-roberts/ You can also find more information on www.integratedreportingsa.org
http://www.barnowl.co.za/event/information-sharing-session-27-july-2017/ The Role of the Future Risk Manager, Presented by Christopher Palm, Chief Risk Advisor, Institute of Risk Management SA (IRMSA). Let’s not sit outside the board room waiting to be called in to present our risk report and then be told “sorry but we’ve run out of time for you to present now; we take your risk report as ‘read’”.
Once again thank you Sheralee for your time and for your informative presentation and thank you to all those who attended our info sharing session. We look forward to seeing you at our next info sharing session. Please keep a look out for our upcoming events at: http://www.barnowl.co.za/events/
Director – BarnOwl GRC and Audit software
About by Sheralee Morland, CEO, Joshero (Pty) Ltd:
Sheralee has over 30 years of accumulated experience in governance related roles of internal auditing, assurance and risk management in banks, asset management, insurance, and mining organisations. She works with other professionals and organisations locally and internationally to:
Immediately prior to consulting, Sheralee held the post of Executive Head of Enterprise-wide Risk Management at Nedbank and included accountability for embedding risk management into business processes; Nedbank’s Risk Academy; Root Cause Analysis; Combined Assurance; Risk Communications and Awareness; Enterprise-wide Risk Management Framework; Risk Governance; risk frameworks; risk policies; charters; risk escalation; Board Risk Committee reporting and attendance at Group Risk and Capital Management Committee and multiple Business Risk Committees; Formulation of the Reg 39/40 reports for the regulators; member of integrated reporting team; etc.
Other roles include Old Mutual, Standard Bank, EY, and Anglo American (for the implementation of the Turnbull Guidance on Risk Management).
Sheralee has delivered several papers at governance, risk and integrated reporting conferences, regularly chairs such events and is frequently approached for insights into best practice. She is the immediate past President of the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa (IRMSA) and served on the Executive Committee for 9 years. This culminated in being awarded with Honorary Membership of IRMSA in 2018. She remains a member of the RemCo; FinanceCo, Cruywagen/IRMSA Foundation and chairs the EventsCo.
She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nedgroup Medical Aid and Chairman of the Risk Committee. We look forward to welcoming you!
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