KPMG and CILIP working together to publish landmark Information Management report

KPMG reception

CILIP, the library and information association, and KPMG have today, Thursday 6 July, announced that they are working together to publish a revised and updated edition of Information as an Asset: The Boardroom Agenda, originally written by a committee under the chairmanship of Dr Robert Hawley on behalf of the KPMG IMPACT programme.

The landmark report was originally published in 1995 and recommended that senior executives treat information as an asset in the same way as an organisation’s buildings and estate, brand and intellectual property. It recognised that relevant expertise and experience are required to manage information and to leverage value from organisational knowledge and information.

Ceri Hughes, Director at KPMG, said:

“Although the Hawley report was written over twenty-years ago the core recommendations are as relevant now as when they were written. For Information and Knowledge Professionals supporting executive boards and senior management to appreciate, protect and benefit from the organisation’s information asset remains a top priority. High profile examples show that many organisations have yet to fully protect and make the most of their information assets through effective information strategies and governance by recruiting and developing skilled Information Professionals.”

Nick Poole CILIP Chief Executive said:

“Since 1995 there has been an explosion in data and connectivity, enormous advances in technology and significant shifts in consumer and business behaviour. The original Hawley report established Information Management as akey topic in the boardroom. We are proud to be working with KPMG to update the report for a new generation of executives and set out how organisations can treat information as an asset in the digital age; both maximising opportunities for insight, growth and innovation and protecting organisations from information crime, mis-use and falling below regulatory requirements.”

The updated report will be published in the autumn of 2017 and launched by CILIP and KPMG.

KPMG and CILIP announced their plans to work together at the CILIP Conference in Manchester. The event brings information, library and knowledge professionals together to discuss, understand and share insight into the key issues for the sector. Keynote speakers include Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Dr Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first African American and first female to be appointed to the prestigious role.


Press contacts

Mark Taylor
Director of External Relations, CILIP
020 7255 0654
07792 635 305

Angela Pink
Communications Executive, KPMG
020 7694 2679
07500 100 257

Notes to editors

1. About CILIP

CILIP, the library and information association is the leading voice for the information, knowledge management and library profession. CILIP’s goal is to put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. Visit

2. About KPMG

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 13,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.07 billion in the year ended 30 September 2016. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 189,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

3. About Information as an Asset: The Boardroom Agenda by Dr Robert Hawley (1995)

Information as an Asset: The Board Agenda was originally published by the Hawley Committee in 1995 as part of the KPMG IMPACT Programmeby a committee under the chairmanship of Dr Robert Hawley, Chief Executive of Nuclear Electric PLC.

The Hawley Report was published in two parts: a Consultative report, which set out the work of the programme and the full results of the research; and a Checklist and Explanatory Notes publication to serve as a call to action to help senior executives understand the board level issues that the research and report surfaced and to encourage feedback and comment on the specific recommendations.