Our founder, Clive Lotter, was briefed on his first company report in 1996 – and has not looked back since. 26 years later, the team has grown to include specialist writers, strategists, sustainability experts and data scientists. With operational and quality controls safely embodied within The Corporate Reporters, we assemble ‘horses for courses’ teams for your reports and projects. In all this, we stay the pace at the leading edge of sustainability and integrated reports, despite the constantly evolving corporate reporting landscape.
To enable our clients to uncover and publicise the true value of their business through effective storytelling.
Experience. Skill. Energy. Curiosity. Care.
DIRECTOR AND WRITER
Clive is the founder and chief wordsmith for The Corporate Reporters.
For 26 years, Clive has written annual reports and complex business proposals, evolving over the years into a thought leader in the integrated and sustainability concepts that began sweeping through corporate reporting after the 2008 global economic crisis. Clive also writes sensitive inter-business correspondence, project proposals and tenders.
Nalene de Klerk
With a background in reputation management and stakeholder research, Nalene understands how to bring key messages to life through reporting. Her project management skill and enthusiasm help to ensure a painless reporting process, culminating in a product that the client can show off with pride.
When not vanquishing deadlines and keeping the plates spinning, Nalene is probably attending a dance class or presenting mathematics lessons in Mamelodi.
Our latest recruit to The Corporate Reporters core team, Natalie contributes over 17 years of experience to our corporate reporting skills set. A natural communicator, Natalie thrives in the frontline with our clients and ensures that expectations are met and exceeded, time and time again.
Natalie is locally famous in her hometown of McGregor, Western Cape, for creating and selling her own artisanal gelato brand, which is wildly popular in this region’s blazing summer months.
Our corporate reporting journey
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is launched after the infamous Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill off a pristine Alaskan coast sparked an international outcry.
Clive’s advertising work reaches four Loeries Awards finals, but doesn’t win any ☹
The first working draft Integrated Reporting <IR> standards are released for public review. Clive recognises the first glimmers of a new dawn in authentic corporate reporting.
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is founded and recognised in the USA.
Clive is commissioned to write world first analyses of the <IR> framework. Over the next two years he writes a monthly column on integrated reporting and sustainability issues for SAICA’s ASA magazine (a publication dedicated to accountancy).
the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) is launched.
Clive rebrands and relaunches his consultancy as ‘The Corporate Reporters’. The business is no longer just about Clive – its bedrock is the crack team of energetic, motivated individuals that begin joining or collaborating with The Corporate Reporters.
Clive Lotter, an advertising copywriter, is briefed in his first ‘long-form’ report. After some initial scepticism and eye-rolling, Clive takes to long form writing with enthusiasm.
The founding of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) turns world attention to the emission of carbon and greenhouse gasses.
The global economic crisis rips the veil from corporate mis-reporting, manipulation and lying. In despair, Clive seriously contemplates exiting the industry.
Clive takes a business decision to focus purely on corporate reporting and set aside his generalist writing for advertising and websites.
The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) launches its official <IR> integrated reporting framework.
As work pressure mounts, Clive starts recruiting employees and specialist contractors.
The United Nations launches its Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) aimed at ending word poverty and environmental destruction.
The confusing alphabet soup of corporate reporting standards begins consolidating under the aegis of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), at last bring the promise of certainty and comparability in corporate reporting.