Harvard Referencing: Company information

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Basic format to reference company information

The basics of a Reference List entry for a company report:

  • Author.
  • Year.
  • Report title (in italics).
  • Date viewed.
  • Website address or database provider

BHP Billiton 2011, 
BHP Billiton exploration and development report for the year ended 30 June 2011, viewed 20 October 2011 <http://www.bhpbilliton.com/home/investors/reports/Pages/default.aspx>.



  •         The content of electronic material for companies changes quickly. Always include the date you accessed the material from  the source referenced.
  •         The author is usually the database provider. The date is the year of the publication of the profile.
  •          In the case of a database that has financial data that is updated regularly use the current year.
  •          Use a descriptive title to describe data from specialised sources such as Datastream and Mint Global.

Referencing company information: Examples

Material Type



Reference List Examples
Company Report (BHP Billiton 2011) BHP Billiton 2011, BHP Billiton exploration and development report for the year ended 30 June 2011, viewed 20 October 2011 <http://www.bhpbilliton.com/home/investors/reports/Pages/default.aspx>. 
Company Annual Report (Mint Global 2011) Bureau van Dijk 2011, Vodafone Group annual report 2011, viewed 5 October 2011, retrieved from Mint Global database.
Company Profile (Datamonitor 2011) Datamonitor 2011, Apple Inc., company profile, viewed 5 October 2011, retrieved from Business Source Complete.
Financial Data (Datastream 2011) Datastream 2011, S&PASX200 daily index data 2009-2010, viewed 20 October 2011, retrieved from Datastream database.
Industry Report (Ibisworld 2011) Ibisworld 2011, Global Logistics - Air Freight - global industry report, viewed 20 October 2011, retrieved from IbisWorld database.