Statement of Responsibilities in relation to the Accounts

Under the CBI's charter and bye-laws, the Council is required to cause proper books to be kept so as to show a true and fair view of the state of the CBI's affairs and to explain its transactions. The Council is also required to present audited accounts at each annual general meeting. The members of the CBI Board discharge these responsibilities on behalf of the Council and have elected to prepare these accounts in accordance with FRS102, the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

In preparing these accounts the members of the CBI Board are required to:

  • Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently
  • Make judgements and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent
  • State whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the accounts
  • Prepare the accounts on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the CBI will continue to operate.


The Director-General and the Resources Director have a general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the CBI and to detect fraud and other irregularities.

The members of the CBI Board are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the CBI's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of the accounts and other information included in annual reports may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

The members of the CBI Board who held office at the date of approval of these accounts confirm that, so far as they are aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the CBI's auditors are unaware. Each member of the CBI Board also confirms that he/she has taken such steps as he/she considers necessary to make himself/herself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the CBI's auditors are also aware of that information.

The members of the CBI Board consider that the Annual Report and accounts, taken as a whole, are fair, balanced and understandable.


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Carolyn Fairbairn
Director-general


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Nigel Hopkins
Resources director

11 April 2017



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