Recent events have made accountability and disclosure major issues when it comes to reporting by organisations.
For more than 50 years, the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) has contributed significantly to promoting excellence in reporting by acknowledging those organisations who meet worlds best practice in reporting. AICD supports the goals of ARA and is proud to be the principal sponsor of the 2003 awards. The 2003 ARA criteria handbook is now available and AICD encourages members to participate by submitting their company's annual reports. There are categories for organisations from all sectors of the economy – large and small, private and public, profit and non-profit. The awards are not designed as a competition but to benchmark companies' most recent reporting to stakeholders against world best practice. There are also special awards for Environmental Reporting, Corporate Governance Reporting (public and private sector), Occupational Health and Safety Reporting, Communication, and Continuous Disclosure, with special recognition being given for Best First Time Entry.
The 52nd ARA Awards in 2002 were a resounding success. Reports were received from a large cross section of organisations from around Australia and New Zealand, including many first time entries. 22 Gold Awards, 54 Silver Awards and 71 Bronze Awards were presented. The large number of awards indicates the success of the ARA and AICD in raising the standards of reporting. The 2003 Awards Presentation Dinner will be held in Melbourne on 22 May 2003, followed by the annual seminar and workshop on reporting on the 23 May, where organisations can obtain constructive feedback on the strengths and shortcomings of their report from a member of the judging panel.
Entries for ARA 2003 close on 17 January. The new ARA Criteria handbook is out now. To receive a copy, phone ARA on (02) 9241 1240 or e-mail email@example.com
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