The overall aim of ReportingNZ is to contribute to a discussion on how to build an informed society. ReportingNZ is a McGuinness Institute policy project that began in 2016 and is a major part of our 2017 work programme.

ReportingNZ work programme for 2017

  • Extended external reporting in New Zealand – We have begun a research project in collaboration with the External Reporting Board looking at Extended External Reporting (EER) in New Zealand. We will undertake three surveys: (i) the CFOs of 28 government departments; (ii) the CFOs of 200 companies (being Deloitte’s Top 200); and (iii) a survey open to the public (the users survey). We are currently undertaking preliminary research on New Zealand’s reporting landscape and preparing the surveys. If you are interested in talking about or contributing to these surveys, please let us know.

    We will prepare a summary report that will bring together the qualitative data from the surveys, build on what is happening nationally and internationally, highlight key findings and put forward recommendations in late 2017.

    We undertook a similar survey in 2011 titled: Integrated Annual Report Survey of New Zealand’s Top 200 Companies: Exploring Responses from Chief Financial Officers on Emerging reporting Issues. Find out more about the 2011 survey here.

  • GDS Index update – We are in the process of analysing the new GDSs for our 2016 Index update. The results will be published in five working papers, which will include tables and radar charts comparing GDSs with each other, across departments and across sectors, as well as research observations. For a full list of the 27 new GDSs and the 21 deleted GDSs as at 30 June 2016, see the GDS Index website.

About the three policy projects
We developed the three interlinking policy projects as a result of our observation that foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight; hence ForesightNZ, StrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Underlying each of the policy projects is a set of tools and frameworks that shape and drive public policy. The reason there are three policy projects is to highlight that each of the policy projects must align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy going forward. The reason for separating policy projects from research projects is to emphasise that these three sets of tools and frameworks are on-going and are different from significant issues facing New Zealand. For a full explanation, go to the About Page on the McGuinness Institute website, found here.

If you have any inquiries about this project, please email reportingnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org.