Friday, November 16, 2012

Number of companies issuing corporate sustainability reports

The graph below was created using Google’s graphing tools.

This vertical bar graph shows he number of companies using corporate sustainability reports each year from 2000 to 2008.  The data is based on data collected by, Ltd.  The report shows a steady rise in the number of reports issued each year.  The average increase each year, from 2000 to 2008, is 20.1%

The data in the graph was taken from an Economist Intelligence Unit, Ltd report entitled “Global Trends in Sustainability Performance Management”.   This report provides global trends in corporate sustainability reporting.  The report can be read by clicking here (PDF file)., Ltd’s website can be visited by clicking here.

Number of Companies Issuing Corporate Sustainability Reports from 2000 to 2008

Friday, November 9, 2012

Most important risks to a company

The graph below was created using Google’s charting tools.

The graph shows what is considered to be the most important risks that a company faces.  This conclusion is based on a survey conducted by the accounting firm KPMG, in 2011, of audit committee members serving at least at one US public company.  240 committee members responded.

Surveyed members were asked to choose the top three risks that their company faced.  The graph shows risks selected as a percentage of all selections made.

The data in the graph was taken from the KPMG publication “2011 Public Company Audit Committee Member Survey – Highlights”.  Click here to gain access to the publication (PDF file).  The graph shows only one result of many about company risks and their management that came from the survey.  

Most Important Company Risks

Friday, November 2, 2012

Insurance premiums per capital for several countries

The graphs below were created using Google’s charting tools.

The line graphs show the per person (per capital) premium expenditures for all insurance coverage for 12 countries from 2002 to 2009.   Presumably the per person premium expenditure was computed by dividing the total premium expenditures for a country by the country’s population.

The first graph shows six countries with higher economic development than the countries in the second graph.   Based on the data in the graphs, the higher economically developed countries have, in 2008, per person premium expenditures about 8 times higher than the countries in the second graph.  This suggests an opportunity for insurance coverage growth in countries lower in economic development.

Another conclusion from the data in the graph for the United States is that insurance premiums for all insurance coverage, per person, increased about 6.9 % per year from 2002 to 2009.  Such data might be useful in planning and budgeting for future insurance premium expenditures.

The data used for the graphs were taken form an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) statistical table.  This table (PDF file) can be accessed by clicking here and then clicking “Insurance and Pensions: Key Tables from OECD” (middle column – Country Tables).  Then, click PDF for “Average insurance spending per capital”.

Insurance Premiums Per Capital for Several Countries Insurance Premiums Per Capital for Several Countries