• Corporate social responsibility

    Investor calls for transparency and the rise of social media have thrust the impact businesses have on the economy, the environment and society more firmly into the spotlight. Corporate Social Responsibility: beyond financials, looks at how companies are responding to this challenge; how they are making their operations more sustainable and what role they feel integrated reporting can play.

  • Women in business

    24%. That is the proportion of women holding the most senior roles in
    businesses across the globe, unchanged from 2007. This year's report,
    'From classroom to boardroom', tracks the career paths of women,
    revealing the barriers and challenges to reaching the top of the
    corporate ladder.

  • Q2 economic update

    Global business optimism reached an all-time high in Q2 as increased
    export expectations drive optimism in key markets such as China,
    Germany, India, the UK and US.

  • Outsourcing

    Two in five mid-market businesses around the world either currently
    outsource a back-office process, or plans to in the near future. That is
    the key finding from our new report - Outsourcing: driving efficiency
    and growth - which looks to better understand attitudes to outsourcing:
    Why and what functions are businesses outsourcing? What is preventing
    businesses from outsourcing? And how can these obstacles can be

Press room

1 October 2014
Growing business focus on sustainability in emerging markets
With momentum building towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Peru, the IBR reveals that businesses leaders in emerging markets are more focused on the sustainability of their operations compared with peers in developed markets.

15 September 2014
Businesses call for global agreement on tax planning
The majority of businesses are calling for more transparency on acceptable planning, updated tax rules for a modern, digital economy and the harmonisation of global corporation tax rates.

20 August 2014
Good CSR makes good business sense
Businesses are being driven towards more socially and environmentally sustainable practices not simply by brand building or altruism, but because it makes good financial sense

14 August 2014
Modi gets AAA rating from Indian businesses 
Indian business leaders are full of optimism and calling for change following the election of Narendra Modi as prime minister.

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The International Business Report (IBR) is a research project conducted by an independent market research agency, Experian, and commissioned by Grant Thornton International.