Communicating integrated thinking

Entry Criteria: communicating integrated thinking

This award recognises organisations that are demonstrating clearly, through communicating to their providers of financial capital, how sustainability is embedded into their overall strategy and decision-making process. Entrants should consider sustainability in its broadest sense, and demonstrate how this integrated thinking is contributing to a sustainable business model which delivers long-term value. The role of the finance function must have been key and those finance team members involved should be able to speak about their role during the assessment and judging processes.

This award is open to all organisations.

Please note that this is not an annual report award. It assesses how the organisation is communicating its integrated thinking across their various communications, which may include an annual or integrated report.

Entrants must demonstrate

  • How they have communicated to their providers of financial capital that wider factors, such as environmental and social considerations, are embedded into their strategy, risk process, management information, operations and executive remuneration, and how they are critical to the long-term sustainability of the business.
  • How this has been achieved across a range of communications.
  • That their communications truly reflect the way their organisation is managed and the integrated thinking embedded within it. 
  • What role the finance function played in the process of communicating integrated thinking.
  • Why they believe that communicating integrated thinking is beneficial to their organisation.

Supporting materials

  • Entrants will need to submit more than one specific example of communication to support their entry (they will be assessed only on documents submitted). Entrants will be expected to demonstrate how they are reflecting integrated thinking across their communications to investors or providers of financial capital.
  • The communications might include an organisation’s annual report, strategic report, investor presentations, a listing document for debt or equity, an Integrated Report, elements of the website or other investor communication. This list is not exhaustive.
  • Entrants must highlight the specific elements of the supporting materials that support their answers provided in the entry form e.g. by providing specific page/slide numbers within their entry form. Supporting documents that are submitted without the relevant extract being identified will not be considered as part of the application. 
  • Supporting documentation can be provided in PDF or Microsoft Word formats. Please convert any non-word documents into PDF files before submitting. If videos are being included please provide an accessible link and ensure the extract is no longer than 5 minutes. 

Further information and resources

Entrants are welcome to enter more than one category. Given that the embedding of integrated thinking into the overall strategy and decision making of the organisation is a pre-requisite to this award, we would strongly encourage that an entry to the Communicating integrated thinking category is accompanied by a corresponding entry into the Embedding an integrated approach category.  

Please ensure you have reviewed and understood the Terms and Conditions for the Awards before submitting your entry.

If you have any queries about the categories or awards process, please contact 

2018 Winner: Salesforce

In March 2018 Salesforce, a US company that creates customer relationship management platforms, became one of the first companies to include an environmental, social and governance section in its annual 10K filing. The company sees its leadership in sustainability, equality and philanthropy to be a competitive advantage and communicates its work in these areas in other official Government filings as well as communicating with investors. Read more about the 2018 winners here

2018 Highly commended: Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust created an integrated sustainability strategy called Care Without Carbon that aims to save money, improve patient wellbeing, reduce environmental impacts and ensure sustainability principles are understood and embedded across the organisation. Integrated thinking has made the Trust more financially stable and communicating results, voluntarily through their non-mandatory sustainability report, has aided patient care, staff retention and also the spread of the system and its benefits to other Trusts. Read more about the 2018 winners here

  • 2017 winner's case study: By communicating their integrated thinking, Ferrovial has streamlined reporting and strengthened connections in the business.

  • 2016 winner's case study: United Utilities put integrated thinking into action across the way it runs its water and wastewater network.
  • 2016 highly commended case study: Novo Nordisk's project behaves in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way and use integrated reporting to communicate their integrated thinking.