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Beyond basics

Towards a better
annual report

When you’ve been doing a good annual report for a while and someone suggests improving it, that can be a cat-among-the-pigeons moment… or a catalyst on your journey towards a better annual report.

The stepping stones to an improved annual report – research, learning, and practice – prompt you to explore the types of information your key stakeholder groups are keen to know about while also helping you to look at the best ways of communicating such information to them in a cohesive and holistic manner.

An open mind and a can-do attitude will take you (and your annual report) a long way.

Riyad Bank’s Annual Report 2020 provides a detailed overview of the bank and the presence it has established within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad. The report traces the footsteps the bank has taken in its journey to be among the top ten largest banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council Region.

At the outset of the Report, the bank’s five-year transformation strategy and objectives are highlighted. This gives readers a sense of the direction the bank has taken thus far and the vision it has for the future.

Riyad Bank’s Annual Report 2020 identifies the most salient aspects of the bank’s operations and links it to the value it creates for the business and its stakeholders.

In this, Senkadagala Finance PLC’s Annual Report 2020/21, the Non-bank Financial Institution’s (NBFI) operations are succinctly captured. Although it was a particularly challenging year for the industry as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company performed comparatively well. Hope for a fruitful future and fair prospects are captured through the theme of the report, ‘Together for Tomorrow’.

Scenic images of Sri Lanka’s natural glories are scattered throughout the Annual Report. These black and white images give the Report an aesthetic flair and establish the roots of the company and the presence it has established throughout the island.

Following the global financial crisis, Ithmaar Bank transformed from an investment bank into an Islamic bank in 2010. "Purpose", the Bank’s Annual Report 2012 is the third report in a trilogy that chronicled the Bank’s story of transformation. Similar to the reports that preceded it, the 2012 report is presented in a candid manner and captures the new direction in which the Bank is "purposefully" headed. The theme and surreal visual communications are an integral part of the report, and they blend seamlessly with the writing.

Following the global financial crisis, Ithmaar Bank transformed from an investment bank into an Islamic bank in 2010. "Purpose", the Bank’s Annual Report 2012 is the third report in a trilogy that chronicled the Bank’s story of transformation. Similar to the reports that preceded it, the 2012 report is presented in a candid manner and captures the new direction in which the Bank is "purposefully" headed. The theme and surreal visual communications are an integral part of the report, and they blend seamlessly with the writing.

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