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Sustainable Business Research Institute (SuBRI)

Integrated Reporting in SMEs (INTEREST)

A transnational project that seeks to develop a framework, guide and curriculum to support the development of integrated thinking and reporting in business

Integrated Reporting in SMEs (INTEREST)

The challenge

INTEREST is a transnational project that seeks to develop a framework, guide and curriculum to support the development of integrated thinking and reporting in business.

Integrated Reporting (<IR>) is a relatively new reporting model which draws on integrated thinking to provide a clear view of the value created by a business not just for owners, investors and managers but for a number of other business stakeholders such as employees, customers and suppliers. The process of Integrated Thinking encourages a shift in focus away from meeting short-term financial goals to developing a long-term business strategy which takes into account wider social, economic and environmental developments and the creation of value in a sustainable business.

THE APPROACH

This project will co-create a guide to support the development and implementation of <IR> in SMEs. It will provide practical advice and guidance to help SMEs develop an integrated approach to value creation, decision-making and reporting. The guide will be complemented by e-learning and work-based learning materials to prepare current and future generations of accountants and business leaders for the significant environmental challenges facing businesses in the 21st century.

The Impact

Since the underpinning work of the project was launched in 2007, the research team have organised 987 seminars to validate SME accompaniment, trainers and mentors in real context, helping over 10,310 trainees from over 28 countries. In addition, over 86 trainers and mentors have been involved in the delivery of training solutions.

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