13 September 2013 by Alexandra Jones
30 companies have been shortlisted in the Transparency in Governance category of the 2013 Excellence in Governance Awards.
Now in their fifth year, the awards recognise companies’ commitment to improve transparency and accountability through their annual reporting and accounts.
The awards are particularly timely as companies seek to continue to build trust and confidence with their stakeholders while operating in challenging economic conditions.
The awards, an ICSA initiative in partnership with Hermes Equity Ownership Services and ISS, will be presented at The Brewery in London on Wednesday, 13 November.
The event will be hosted by Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway.
There are nine awards in total, with FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies eligible for separate awards in the same four categories – best annual report, best board disclosure, best strategy and risk disclosure, and best sustainability and stakeholder disclosure.
There is a separate award for the best annual report in the small cap/AIM category.
The panel of judges, chaired by Sir Richard Olver, non-executive chairman at BAE Systems, will now meet to choose winners for each category.
Best annual report
FTSE 100: BAE Systems plc, Land Securities Group PLC, Petrofac Limited, Tullow Oil plc
FTSE 250: Berendsen plc, Great Portland Estates plc, National Express Group PLC, Provident Financial plc
Best board disclosure
FTSE 100: BHP Billiton Plc, Land Securities Group PLC, Marks and Spencer Group plc, Petrofac Limited
FTSE 250: Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, Provident Financial plc, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, Telecity Group plc
Best strategy and risk disclosure
FTSE 100: Admiral Group plc, Aggreko plc, BT Group plc, Tullow Oil plc
FTSE 250: Afren plc, Derwent London plc, Great Portland Estates plc, Provident Financial plc
Best sustainability and stakeholder disclosure
FTSE 100: Antofagasta plc, Aviva plc, Johnson Matthey Plc, Unilever PLC
FTSE 250: Berkeley Group Holdings plc, Derwent London plc, Intu Properties plc, Mondi plc
Best Small Cap/AIM report
Costain Group PLC, McBride plc, Shanks Group plc, Vitec Group plc
Seamus Gillen, ICSA’s Policy Director, said: ‘This year’s entries have highlighted how much effort companies continue to make ensuring that their reporting meets the high standards expected by investors, regulators, and other key stakeholders. All of the companies shortlisted have been considered by the judging panel to have risen to the challenge in an exceptional way.’