ABN AMRO wins the FD Henri Sijthoff Prize for best financial reporting
The Dutch bank ABN AMRO has recently won the prestigious FD Henri Sijthoff Prize for the best annual report in the ‘Not quoted on the stock exchange’ category. The groundwork for this achievement was laid by Vlerick alumnus Tom Heerkens, who, in the context of his Executive MBA programme at Vlerick Business School in 2010, wrote a thesis on “Developing a leading annual financial reporting process in the context of a bank merger”. The thesis project was supervised by Filip Roodhooft, Professor of Accounting at Vlerick.
Tom Heerkens, Head of External Reporting at ABN AMRO: “The recommendations from my thesis have since been successfully implemented under my guidance. Thanks to the communication-driven design, and the collaboration- and improvement-oriented approach, ABN AMRO has now become a front-runner in the area of external reporting.”
Awarded for the 60th time this year, the Henri Sijthoff Prize is an initiative of the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad. The goal is to contribute to the improvement of financial reporting by the business community in the Netherlands. This year’s other two winners were employment agency Randstad and fish and animal feed producer Nutreco.