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Annual & CSR Reports > Annual Reports
Your annual report will summarise what you have done in the past year, while looking forward and providing investors and stakeholders with insights into the future of the business. They are the statement of record about a company's current state and fulfill a statutory obligation to provide financial information. As such a prominent showcase, organisations naturally want to use them to influence and position as well. The writing plays a significant role as it reveals the senior management's attitude to what they are reporting.
Writing annual reports
Corporations usually already know what they want to say in these reports. The main contribution of a copywriter is the phrasing and tone. Choice of wording is important, as it reflects the personality and character of the organisation, its managers, and their take on what they are reporting.
Writers also suggest a theme for the report that delivers the main message, encapsulating it in a cover line. They help structure information to achieve the most interesting and accessible flow for the reader. Often there will be input coming from a number of different directions across departments, so a copywriter must make these sound consistent and edit them into a coherent narrative.
The importance of writing good annual and CSR reports
Despite the time lag between the period they cover and the time of being published, annual & CSR reports remain a vital source of information for investors and a key communications tool for the corporation. An annual report may well be the first encounter a potential investor has with your organisation.
The Barnaby Benson approach
Confident interviewing the senior team - because we’ve worked with senior stakeholders on a number of annual & CSR reports, our copywriters are able to ask the questions that will get the most out of stakeholder interviews.
A compelling theme and narrative - a theme can set up an intriguing question in the audience's mind that makes the report a compelling read as it unveils answers.
Benefits of the Barnaby Benson approach to writing annual reports
Save time - some C-suite management like to draft their own pieces. For most, the hours involved is too much of a time commitment and they prefer to brief a writer and review the subsequent draft.
Peace of mind - we’ve written numerous reports, so we know how to get down to the detail that matters.
Originality - the goal is not to sound like everybody else, but to bring out the positive experiences of your organisation. Because we’ve worked in a wide variety of sectors, we bring a fresh perspective, tackling assumptions about where clients and consumers really stand.
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