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  • Managing the Trust P&L: A toolkit for boards

    This toolkit offers board level professionals with a greater understanding of how trust fits into their business model. The tool helps board members and C-suite professionals to look at trust in a systematic way that relates to their organisation.

  • CGMA Competency Framework guide: generate value for long-term success

    The CGMA Competency Framework can help you equip your finance function with skills and competencies needed for sustainable success. You can use the Competency Framework to fulfil many activities as you build the human capital of your organisation, with an emphasis on the following areas: Attraction and recruitment, Performance management, Learning and development.

  • Purpose Beyond Profit: The Value of Value - Board-level Insights

    Deriving insights from a survey of executives across the globe, this report outlines trends and challenges in measuring, disclosing, and understanding the value that companies create. Executives globally agree on the increasing benefit of understanding and communicating the value creation potential of their organisations.

  • Talent - Improving government performance through effective talent management

    Most local government organisations believe their talent-management strategies are well defined and that they have a solid understanding of their current skills shortages and future needs. However, almost half are struggling to compete for talent with their private-sector rivals. How do local governments Find, Retain, and Sustain talent?

  • Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the accountant

    Business has a fundamental role to play in delivering against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requirements. Contributions will include working with stakeholders, creating jobs, enabling access to healthcare, innovating new technologies and leading the development and responsible use of resources like energy and water.

  • Transformation - Improving government performance

    This joint report by CIMA and CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) highlights case studies of transformation initiatives from around the world, identifying common barriers, such as, ‘doing more with less’, and the critical success factors which must be addressed.

  • Report visualisation: from concept to deployment

    This report analyses how multimedia technology is providing insight around business performance and improving the speed of decision making through graphically presenting patterns, trends and correlations.

  • Six rules to delivering a powerful financial presentation

    Public speaking, the number one fear of most people, can be overcome. Analyse one of the key soft skills that accountants need to possess in order to engage stakeholders and help decision making.

  • Keeping business clean: a CGMA guide to countering fraud and corruption

    This briefing report outlines recent developments and trends on fraud and corruption globally and the role of the management accountant in helping establish best practice in their organisation. It offers guidance to a range of resources and reading materials.

  • CGMA Cybersecurity Tool

    Cybersecurity is one of the central issues and risks in today’s global economy. Cyber attacks are no longer a question of if, but a question of when.

  • CGMA Business model global consultation

    Business models are often misunderstood and lack consistency. Most businesses use the term ‘business model’ but do not follow any particular processes or frameworks in order to create and manage them. Our work intends to change this.

  • Cost Transformation Model

    The CGMA cost transformation model is designed to help businesses to achieve and maintain cost competitiveness.

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Extended enterprise risk

Today’s complex global supply chains require effective risk management.

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Accounting for natural capital in the value chain

Find out how to implement natural capital accounting with five practical recommendations for CGMAs.

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Getting to the heart of decision making: Whitehall's Financial Management Reform

In 2014, HM Treasury launched the Financial Management Reform programme (FMR). This is widely seen as one of the most successful and mature of the UK’s functional reforms. The purpose of this joint paper by the Institute for Government and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is to allow those interested in improving finance functions in other complex organisational settings (especially centres of government) to see what is happening in the UK, and to understand the way this change has been undertaken.

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Return on ideas

This report explores ways that finance and marketing can work together to measure the value of marketing activities.

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Aligning strategy, planning and risk processes at MassMutual

This case study shows how insurance and financial services company MassMutual has better aligned its strategy, planning and risk processes for improved governance and performance.

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Building resilience: an introduction to business models

In today’s business environment it is more important than ever that organisations understand their business model, and are ready to adapt it to counter external threats.

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Roads to ruin: the analysis

Roads to Ruin looks at substantial corporate crises that struck well-known organisations over the last decade.

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One finance: Building tomorrow’s talent strategy

This report discusses the need for a unified, ‘one finance’, approach to talent management in light of increasing capabilities and skills requirements as finance operating models and finance structures change.

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Sustainable business: Shared value in practice

Set against a background of underlying mistrust in their intentions, major corporations have begun to realise that they need to focus on more than short-term profit maximisation. This report examines the need for more sustainable thinking in corporate strategies and identifies the critical business model areas to concentrate on.

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Six categories of key performance indicators

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are measures used to reflect an organisation’s success or progress in relation to specific short-to-long-term goals. They are useful for all types of businesses across all industries and sectors — from small to large entities and not-for-profit as well as governmental institutions.

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