Demonstrating an effective and professional approach to financial and corporate reporting, Smart Media The Annual Report Company (‘Smart Media’) helps organisations produce annual reports which go beyond statutory disclosure and compliance to become effective instruments of corporate communications.
One of the very few companies in the world to focus exclusively on annual reports, Smart Media offers a complete end-to-end solution to meet the specific needs of clients. Backed by a team of over 50 professionals, services offered include consultancy, concept, design, writing, editorial, proofreading, quality assurance, photography, production and publication. This goes for any format or medium: traditional print, video, mobile, interactive web-based media – and even pure audio.
The SmartReport is a flagship product of Smart Media that is both contemporary and evolving. It is an integrated annual report that transcends the medium. Developed ground up, it is tailor made to meet the specific needs and circumstances of any organisation. Consultancy thus becomes an integral element of a SmartReport, and may include aspects such as development of the overall communications strategy of the annual report, guidance on sustainability reporting and its integration with financial reporting, design of templates for data collection and analysis, and so on.
Doing business in Bahrain, Hong Kong, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and UAE, and with a track record spanning over 15 years and 1,500 reports, Smart Media is the acknowledged leader for annual reports in the Asia-Pacific region. This is borne out by the numerous international awards and accolades earned year after year, including the Platinum Achievement Award at the International ARC Awards, USA – popularly dubbed as the Oscars of Annual Reports – in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
In 2008, Smart Media encouraged a client to voluntarily publish their carbon footprint in the annual report. Since then, the numbers have grown. Some avail of Smart Media’s consultancy assistance which includes training, development of data entry forms and computation of GHG emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.
By way of setting an example, Smart Media commenced producing carbon neutral annual reports in 2009. Going further, from 2012 Smart Media became completely carbon neutral under Scopes 1 and 2 as well as selected sources under Scope 3. Hence, clients not only get the benefit of working with a certified carbon neutral company, but also having the GHG emissions resulting from activities outsourced by Smart Media in the production of their annual reports, including the usage of paper and printing, offset through verified sources.
Such sensitisation to climate change issues has resulted in some clients setting targets to reduce their GHG emissions intensity along with the adoption of energy efficiency and conservation measures as well as fuel switching, with the added benefits of cost savings. For Smart Media, this may well be its single largest contribution – though indirect – towards environmental stewardship.
“Our strategy was to reduce our GHG emissions as much as possible and to offset the rest thereafter. Our philosophy, when in comes to partnerships is ‘the best or not at all’. Having looked around we chose Carbonfund.org, as it is an independent foundation having a great track record and credibility. They have the experience and expertise to help clients in almost any sector in any part of the world. Thus, their capabilities matched our requirements as well as those of our varied group of clients” says Dr. Vijith Kannangara, Chairman, Smart Media The Annual Report Company.