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Growing business focus on sustainability in emerging markets

01 Oct 2014

With momentum building towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Peru, new figures from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR), a survey of 2,500 companies in 34 economies, reveal that businesses leaders in emerging markets are more focused on the sustainability of their operations compared with peers in developed markets.

Businesses calling for global agreement on tax planning and updated tax rules for a modern, digital economy

15 Sep 2014

As the OECD prepares to deliver the first phase of its BEPS action plan in Australia this week, the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a survey of 2,500 senior executives in 34 economies, finds the majority of businesses calling for more transparency on acceptable planning, updated tax rules for a modern, digital economy and the harmonisation of global corporation tax rates.

Good CSR makes good business sense

13 Aug 2014

A survey of 2,500 businesses in 34 economies finds that 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. The research, from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) also shows that an increasing number of companies report on sustainability while a majority now view integrated reporting as best practice.

Listings and mergers boost tech sector growth prospect

12 Aug 2014

New figures from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveal the highest levels of confidence ever recorded among the global technology community. Expectations for greater profitability and employment are also rising.

Tax reduction off the menu in Nordic businesses

21 Jul 2014

New figures from Grant Thornton reveal a striking split in the approach to tax planning between businesses in the Nordic region and those elsewhere around the world – particularly in comparison to southern Europe

Grant Thornton expands through M&A

16 Jul 2014

Grant Thornton announced expansion in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Cyprus and the Isle of Man, following 17 successfully completed mergers and acquisitions around the world in the seven months to 30 April 2014.

Modi gets AAA rating from Indian businesses

15 Jul 2014

Fifty days on from Narendra Modi taking office as Indian Prime Minister, new figures from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) reveal that business leaders in the world’s second largest economy are full of optimism about the future – but are also calling for change.

Social media changes game for charities

08 Jul 2014

Social media is changing the global landscape for charities by providing new ways to reach strategic objectives. Many charities consider social media to be an important channel to deliver on their communications and fundraising goals. Some use social media to deliver services.

European audit market reforms

08 Jul 2014

Grant Thornton welcomes the European Parliament’s plenary approval of the Regulation and Directive to reform the European audit market, which will substantially address investor concerns over auditor communication, long tenure, and excessive volume of non-audit services.

Exports boost to global growth

24 Jun 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) has uncovered an unprecedented boost in plans to increase exports, driving levels of business optimism to record highs. The growth in business optimism is particularly high in Europe and North America, and seems to be driven by increasing export growth expectations. The findings highlight the ongoing need for policymakers to work together to lower trade barriers and foster business environments which encourage cross-border activity and bolster the global recovery.