London-based e.com has reviewed and rated annual reports from international companies since 1996, including annual rankings for various industries. However, since a few years there’s no industry ranking for the financial industry.
In addition to its industry rankings, Reportwatch names a “Report of the month” every month to highlight annual reports that can serve as a model for others. SEB’s annual report was honoured this month.
These are some of the things Reportwatch likes:
- An excellent summary job, quick profiling and key figures, wrap-up of strategy, illustrated overview of business areas, and, last but not least, summarised income statement and balance sheet with nearby explanations in plain language,
- Geographical and divisional contribution shown without delay, as well as charted key figures, most important events and customer interaction during the last year,
- Substantial chapter about risk and capital management,
- Thorough share data and transparency about boards and shareholder structure.
The other companies that have received the same honour this year are Compass, Fujitsu, EVN, Trelleborg and Randstad.