Integrated thinking


Today’s best performing organizations base business decisions on interconnected information across multiple capitals, including natural, social and relationship, human, manufactured and intellectual, as well as financial.

This is integrated thinking – the active consideration by an organization of the relationship between its various operating and functional units and the capitals that the organization uses or affects – inputs, outputs and outcomes.

Integrated thinking leads to integrated decision making and actions that consider the creation, preservation or erosion of value over the short, medium and long term. Following the publication of our latest report, 'Integrated thinking: A virtuous loop', which details how leading businesses have mapped out and implemented their integrated thinking journeys, we are embarking on a process to develop and define a set of Integrated Thinking Principles for organizations to implement to support their journey to integrated thinking. These principles will be market-led, inspired by leading practice globally.

For the opportunity to share thinking and to co-create a common view of integrated thinking, organizations are encouraged to join the Integrated Thinking & Strategy Group (a subset of the Value Reporting Foundation’s <IR> Business Network). The Group brings together some of the world’s most innovative organizations to collaborate, learn from each other, challenge each other’s thinking and share leading practices between themselves and those who follow them.

Integrated thinking: A virtuous loop

This Integrated Thinking & Strategy Group report details how leading businesses have mapped out and implemented their integrated thinking journeys. The report explores integrated thinking as a constantly evolving loop. It examines case studies from some of the world's most innovative organizations, including Solvay and Novo Nordisk, and how they base their decisions on interconnected information across multiple capitals.

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Integrated thinking case studies

The integrated thinking case studies have been developed to set out how individual organizations globally have developed their approach to integrated thinking and strategy. The case studies demonstrate how integrated thinking has had a transformative effect on the business models and strategies of these international organizations from a range of diverse sectors.

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Benefits of integrated thinking

Join the 40+ participants of the Integrated Thinking & Strategy Group to access regular webinars, to develop your case study, and to co-create a common view of integrated thinking to help build resilient, future-fit, business. Integrated thinking helps organizations understand outcomes, foster culture and purpose, support integration of financial and other aspects, and enhance connectivity and transparency.

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