…As Dangote Cement, Airtel, Seplat Top Award

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and NGX Regulation Limited (NGX RegCo), restated commitment to promote transparency, accountability and international best practices within the private sector.

They both stated that at the maiden corporate reporting award, which recognizes the top 30 most capitalised companies listed on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) for the 2022 financial reporting year held at the weekend in Lagos.

The awards underscored both organisation’s shared commitment to fostering transparency, accountability, and international best practices within the private sector. Evaluation criteria included financial reporting, corporate governance, and sustainability reporting.

Dangote Cement secured the top position across all three categories, earning the Platinum award alongside the best-in-class award of excellence in corporate governance. Airtel clinched the gold award, securing the second position and the best-in-class award of excellence in financial reporting for the period under review. Seplat Energy was honoured with the Silver award while also receiving the best-in-class award for excellence in sustainability reporting.

Speaking at the event, the president of ICAN, Dr. Innocent Okwuosa, commended NGX RegCo for ensuring better disclosures and reporting among listed companies, stating that corporate reporting had evolved over the years from the time that most of its content focuses on financial reporting to when there emerged the clamour for incorporation of social and environmental disclosures.

He emphasised the evolution of corporate reporting over time, highlighting the shift from a primary focus on financial reporting to the increasing request to incorporate social and environmental disclosures.

Okwuosa added that good corporate reporting must reflect the best elements in corporate governance, financial, and sustainability reporting, highlighting that the maiden edition is limited to NGX-30 companies for ease of administration and will be extended to all the listed companies in the future.

Also, the CEO of NGX RegCo, Olufemi Shobanjo, highlighted that “transparency is one of the key drivers of any economy. 

It ensures full disclosure of information by entities and that such information is easily accessible to members of the public to make informed decisions.

“Over the years, there has been an evolution in the type and quality of information demanded, driven by heightened expectations from investors, decision-makers, and society as a whole.”

He added that “while financial reports remain at the forefront of information required by stakeholders, the concept of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations has become an area of increasing interest to both public and private sector stakeholders.

“Stakeholders are beginning to demand more accountability, and companies are required to think beyond just profitability by expanding their scope to include the ethical impacts that their operations have on society or communities within which they operate.”