Alignment with the Integrated Reporting Framework. Building on the Strategy 2020 and as an important part of our aim to align more closely with the Integrated Reporting Framework, we began to identify the medium-to long-term global megatrends with the greatest potential to materially impact our business. To do this, we used the 'six capitals' model advocated by the International Integrated Reporting Council, namely financial, human, intellectual, manufactured, social, and natural capitals.
While we are most heavily dependent on the financial, human, and intellectual capitals to execute our own operations successfully, we identified significant trends with implications for our business across all six capitals. Furthermore, changes in the availability of all six capitals impact our clients’ businesses, and by extension, our service provision. An example in 2015 was the effect of significantly lower oil prices on the financial ability of energy-related companies to improve their real estate assets. In 2016, political developments such as the vote in the United Kingdom to exit the European Union and economic developments such as the uptick in interest rates after the presidential election in the United States have changed the investment profiles of real estate in both of those countries.
Through internal consultation, we identified a number of trends as significant for our business in the medium to long term. All of these "Global Trends," which we are tracking and/or actively managing, are illustrated below. The "JLL Activities," which address these trends, are summarized in the table below primarily via a combination of references to (1) sections within Items 1 and 1A in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and (2) resources we publish on our website, where we discuss relevant points in more detail.
Driving improvements in Integrated Reporting. JLL recognizes that Integrated Reporting is a journey rather than a destination. We are constantly seeking to enhance the way we disclose our corporate information, striving to convey our value creation story in the fullest way possible. To support these efforts we have recently established an Integrated Reporting Working Group made up of representatives of key business functions. The group is tasked with not only furthering efforts to improve our reporting processes and increase our alignment with the <IR> Framework, but also to foster a culture of integrated thinking within the business.
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