A company’s annual report aims to provide stakeholders (shareholders, employees, suppliers, customers, etc.) with an understanding of the company’s mission, its objectives and achievements. Fidugius’ solution supports companies in publishing an annual report that is reliable and available in time.

The annual report

The annual report covers many areas, including:

  • Letter from the CEO: This letter provides a summary of the company’s performance during the year and highlights key achievements and challenges.
  • Strategy and Business Overview: This section provides an overview of the company’s operations, markets, products or services and competitive position.
  • Performance Review or Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A): This section provides an in-depth analysis of the company’s financial results, including key financial metrics and trends.
  • ESG: Corporate Governance: This section describes the three key factors used to measure the sustainability and ethical impact of a business or company. It outlines how a company manages its ESG issues and performance.
  • Remuneration Report: Here, the remuneration principles and procedures are explained as well as the remuneration paid to the members of the Management Board.
  • Financial Statements: This section includes the company’s financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement cash flow statement and footnotes to provide more details on balance sheet positions and transactions that have occurred during the period.
  • Auditor’s Report: This report provides an independent opinion on the accuracy and completeness of the company’s financial statements.
  • Shareholder Information: This section provides information on the company’s stock performance, dividend policy and dividend payment and dates such as shareholder meetings

Note that the specific content and structure of an annual report can vary depending on the company, its industry and the regulatory requirements.

The annual report: a perfect opportunity

The annual report is a perfect opportunity for a company to highlight its accomplishments and the impact of those accomplishments. Stakeholders want to know why the company has achieved its objectives expressed in last year’s annual report or, more importantly, why it has not. What measures were taken to realise the objectives and when? How has the company adapted to new market conditions and what are the implications for the future? By connecting a company’s activities and achievements to its mission statement, a company can build trust and foster long-lasting relationships with its stakeholders.

It is apparent that the annual report is a recurring task and can be a major challenge to compile every year. The process begins with the early engagement of all parties responsible for providing content. The process for preparing the annual report is outlined below.

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Collecting all the necessary information requires preparation. Those who contribute to the content of the annual report must ensure that the data is available, accurate and consistent with sections prepared by other contributors. Multiple rounds of corrections are usually required to achieve a stable document that best reflects the company’s position and perspective.

However, this is not a one-time recurring event. Having reliable data to disclose all starts with the timely and accurate registration of every transaction throughout your organisation.

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The Fidugius Accounting & Reporting Manual provides assurance of accurate data when preparing your annual report.

The company’s auditor used to issue their opinion (assurance) on the financial statements. Recently, auditors have also been required to issue an opinion on the ESG statements of a company. This requirement initially only applies to listed companies, but in the coming years all companies will be required to publish ESG statements and auditors will have to issue an opinion on these statements as well.

Adoption of the Annual Report

The executive board authorises the annual report for issue. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders, the financial and ESG statements within the annual report are adopted.

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The Fidugius financial accounting manual & ESG reporting manual helps companies to ensure that their company’s annual report is reliable. Employees responsible for financial accounting and reporting and ESG are informed of the company’s policies, procedures, definitions, kpi’s and understand how to maintain accurate records by following the accounting treatments.

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