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Integrated Reporting awards: The top 10 companies

Cape Town - Liberty Holdings is the winner of Excellence in Integrated Reporting awards, according to the EY annual integrated reporting survey.

The survey included the top 100 JSE-listed companies by market capitalisation and the largest 10 state-owned entities.
It provides an extensive overview of the current standard of integrated reporting in South Africa and is adjudicated by the College of Accounting of the University of Cape Town and sponsored by EY.

"This year’s annual integrated reporting survey shows that South African companies have once again raised the bar in their 2014 integrated reports," EY said in a statement.

"We have seen four new entrants to the list of top 10 integrated reports and have a brand new winner of the EY 2015 Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards."
It also congratulated the entities included in the top 10 excellent integrated reports category and the merit award winners.

"Indeed, every one of the companies that has achieved a ranking of 'Excellent' or 'Good' for their integrated report deserves recognition for the good example they set both in South Africa and around the globe."

The top ten companies in ranked order

1. Liberty Holdings         
2. Anglo American          
3. Barclays Africa Group         
4. Sasol              
5. MTN Group              
6. Redefine Properties Limited
7. Standard Bank Group         
8. Truworths International    
9. Gold Fields         
10. Kumba Iron Ore

Three state-owned companies judged Excellent (unranked)

Eskom Holdings
Industrial Development Corporation of SA

"These awards are about more than assessing the prevailing quality of integrated reporting among entities in the listed and SOE sectors," Joanne Henstock, EY Africa executive director said.

"They are also a pulse-reading of the level of commitment of South Africa’s top companies and state-owned corporations, to uphold South Africa’s reputation as a high-quality corporate reporting environment, where both reporting innovation and excellence are actively pursued.

"These awards serve to showcase these efforts to South Africa, and to the world, and highlight the many examples of excellence and innovation for other companies to observe,” added Henstock.

The International Integrated Reporting Council’s Framework was issued in December 2013, and so 2014 integrated reports are the first where many companies are adopting the Framework to guide their integrated reporting.