WPP plc and Great Portland Estates plc won the overall categories for the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, respectively, in the 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers Building Public Trust Awards "Excellence in Reporting" in their communications with key stakeholders. In addition, The Crown Estate was recognised in the public sector category and Sir John Parker, won the Lifetime Achievement award for his consistent and unwavering commitment to transparent and open reporting.
The awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the commitment by the UK's leading businesses and public sector organisations to build transparency and trust into their reporting.
In his key note speech at the ceremony and dinner on Wednesday 30 September which was attended by more than 300 business leaders, senior civil servants, regulators, standard setters and professional bodies, Ian Powell, chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP suggested that too little attention was being paid to the role of transparency in good business governance and also in the dynamics between business and society. Two key areas that required focus were the role of personal responsibility and the continuing need to deal with systemic risk and the human behaviours behind them.