Last month we saw two speeches from either side of the Atlantic offering very different views for the future of financial reporting. Financial reporting has traditionally been just that – financial. It has a long history, as investors have always needed this critical information to (hopefully) allocate their capital effectively. However, in the information age […]
Governments, companies, and public entities are under increasing pressure to adopt more climate friendly strategies – and central banks aren’t exempt from this expectation. But solving climate change is remote from the primary mandate of a central bank, and can actively clash with bank requirements, argues Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the […]
There is an increasing recognition of the importance of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency for efficient markets and stable, resilient economies. Here at XBRL International we strongly support efforts to expand ESG disclosure, but call on policy makers and standard setters to note the vital importance of structured data to effective ESG reporting.
On Tuesday the Corporate Reporting Dialogue, an umbrella organisation of standards setters including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), with participation also from the accounting standards setters, all convened by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) announced an initiative towards alignment for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting.
It’s clear that XBRL makes a lot of sense for financial reporting, and the standard’s increased uptake around the world has done much to promote financial transparency – however, currently, XBRL’s potential capabilities are being underused for non-financial reporting. Sustainability reporting is moving into the mainstream, as boosting transparency on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) […]
Fast growing interest in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of investing has led to a data explosion over the past decade. In the US alone, the growth has been spectacular: four-fifths of American companies now publish reports on corporate social responsibility – quadruple that of seven years ago – and in general, the amount of data reported to the SEC has increased five-fold since the financial crisis. While we enthusiastically welcome the increased transparency and trust more data can bring, sifting through all that information is difficult, and investors seem to have particular trouble translating ESG information into investible data, especially as so much of it is unstructured textual, qualitative disclosure, rather than comparable quantitative data.