Integrated thinking

Introducing the Integrated Thinking Principles

The Value Reporting Foundation’s Integrated Thinking Principles (‘Principles’) provide a structured approach to structured approach for considering how to create the right environment within an organization, as well as for reviewing what can, at times, go wrong. They are designed to be embedded into an organization’s business model and applied across key activities overseen by the Board and managed by the senior management team. The Principles, which are are interconnected, are implemented on three levels: the first comprises questions to the Board and CEO on how widely each Principle has been adopted across the organization; the second offers the opportunity to test how deeply the Principles have been embedded into the organization; and the third consists of management tools, practices and processes to bring integrated thinking to life.

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Integrated thinking

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. Our report, Integrated Thinking: A Virtuous Loop, published in 2021 details how leading businesses have mapped out and implemented their integrated thinking journey. It builds upon the Integrated Thinking & Strategy: State of Play 2020 report that introduced a new model for integrated thinking.

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.

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.

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.