If you care about sustainable growth, investment and job creation, read on. If you believe that there is an important role to be played by corporates (big and small), by governmental organisations, charities and enterprises of all shapes and sizes, read on. If you are concerned that we must restore the trust between society and business, and want to have a say in how we go about it, then read on …
I want these pages to be a home for both conversation and debate – one where interested voices can share views – about stewardship, about trust and what needs to change to restore it; to create an environment in which sustainable enterprise can flourish.
Corporate reporting in its widest sense has an important role to play in restoring trust. There is a groundswell of opinion that things aren’t quite right. But it’s not enough to acknowledge it. I believe that it’s time for change.
To effect change we need a consensus for action, and therefore we need a debate. A debate about how corporate reporting should be made fit for the business models and communication platforms of the next century. A debate about how audit and assurance can be directed to what matters to stakeholders. A debate about how to restore trust.
We will share with you our concerns, hopes and suggestions on a range of topics associated with Corporate Reporting. We hope you will disagree with some of them and maybe agree with others. But whether you agree or disagree, we want you to share your views with us.
Why? Because I am personally committed to achieving positive change. The time is right for us to ask difficult questions, to find consensus among stakeholders and to get buy-in from those with the power to implement solutions.
As I see it, inaction is a far greater risk; so I hope that you are willing to join KPMG in a lively and maybe even disruptive debate!
Tony Cates - UK Head of Audit