This is our third consecutive integrated annual report, one which also builds further on the triple bottom line reporting we had adopted a few years earlier. As an integrated report, it is a concise communication about how our strategy, governance, performance and prospects, in the context of the external environment, lead to the creation of value over time.
Value creation is a two-way process, as the ability of an organisation to create sustainable value for itself is also related to the value it creates for its stakeholders. It leads to capital formation. As a store of value, capital takes on a broader meaning in integrated reporting and constitutes the resources and relationships used and affected by an organisation. We classify capital that is owned by the organisation as being ‘internal’ capital, while capital that is not owned as ‘external’ capital. Ownership is irrelevant here, as the organisation has access to and uses all forms of its capital to create sustainable value for itself and its stakeholders. Our Management Discussion and Analysis is thus structured likewise, based on value creation and capital formation.
We have adopted a slightly different approach to reporting this time. It balances the need to communicate effectively through concise, relevant information (to a large and diverse stakeholder group), while at the same time providing comprehensive compliance-related disclosures (that would interest only a few). We are thus presenting our Annual Report 2014/15 in three primary formats:
Going beyond mere ‘annual’ reporting we are also striving for a more ‘current’ format for reporting and are upgrading our corporate website with a focus on investor relations, duly supplemented by an investor relations app for smart phones and other devices.
This DFCC Bank Annual Report 2014/15 covers the 12-month period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 (‘period under review’ or ‘the year’) and is consistent with our usual annual reporting cycle for financial and sustainability reporting. The previous Annual Report covered the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 (‘previous year’), and is available on our website (www.dfcc.lk) along with quarterly filings and older Annual Reports. Some of the consolidated entities have a 31 December financial year end and they are consolidated with the DFCC Bank’s reporting period with a 3-month time lag.
Our reporting covers three primary entities, namely: (i) DFCC Bank PLC (‘DFCC Bank’ or ‘Bank’); (ii) the DFCC Bank Group (‘Group’) comprising the Bank and its subsidiaries, a joint venture company and an associate company; and (iii) the DFCC Banking Business (‘DBB’) which comprises the Bank and its 99.17%-owned subsidiary DFCC Vardhana Bank PLC (‘DVB’). The respective entities are duly identified where applicable.
As declared the Board of Directors of DFCC Bank, in the spirit of good governance, accepts responsibility for the entirety of this Annual Report 2014/15.
The information contained herein, as in the past, is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and standards. Additional details are given in the Corporate Governance Report, Financial Statements and the Notes thereon and the Independent Auditors’ Report.
In addition, we have drawn on concepts, principles and guidance from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Guidelines G4, the International Integrated Reporting Framework and the Smart Integrated Reporting MethodologyTM in producing this Report.
We take due cognisance of the social and environmental consequences of our actions, both direct and indirect. The latter are more significant and they arise from our lending operations, which are addressed through credit policies, post-disbursement supervision and risk management processes.
The basis for reporting on subsidiaries, joint ventures and other entities, leased facilities, outsourced operations as well as any restatements and significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary or measurement methods are disclosed where appropriate. They are in compliance with the reporting standards disclosed in the Financial Reports.
We welcome your comments or questions on this Report. You may contact the Secretary to the Board at our Head Office via email or mail through the contact details given under Corporate Information.