Non-financial (or environmental, social and governance – ESG) reporting is very much on the radar right now, especially in Europe. This week Accountancy Europe added to the debate with a number of new reports, including a follow up to their recent paper, Interconnected Standard Setting for Corporate Reporting.
A collection of European financial associations have called on the European commission to establish a common Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) data register and facilitate disclosure to enhance the quality and usability of ESG data.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), and European Banking Authority (EBA), or ESAs, have provided a joint letter to the European Commission highlighting key messages in their response to the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). The ESAs agree that the NFRD needs revising to meet […]
The European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – ESAs) are holding a public hearing to explain and discuss their current consultation on sustainability-related disclosures. The consultation explores requiring certain sustainability metrics for financial service providers and products to be disclosed. The aim is to reduce greenwashing by standardising the metrics that are used to classify financial […]
Adrian Orr, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, underlined why the Bank believes mandatory disclosure of climate risk is essential for preserving financial stability at a recent virtual roundtable. Financial stability requires all relevant risks to be adequately identified and priced. Climate change presents a direct and material risk to financial stability – […]
A recent article in the Financial Times neatly pinpoints an underlying problem with sustainability reporting: the proliferation of frameworks that threaten to overwhelm investors and reporters. Companies are increasingly responding to investor demand for more environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, however, with so many competing frameworks – such as the GRI, SASB, TCFD and […]
Floods, hurricanes and wildfires have an undeniable impact on the countries and economies devastated by them – but are the risks of these increasingly common climate-related disasters being properly considered by investors? A recent International Monetary Fund report argues that investors and equity markets have been ignoring the growing risk of financial losses associated with […]
In opening remarks at the Eurofiling ESEF Digital Day yesterday, the European Commission’s Alain Deckers described the work going into the review of Europe’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (or NFRD) which governs disclosure of ESG reporting. The key issue? The need for a single set of high quality standards. An ongoing issue that is receiving attention […]
This week the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held a (virtual) meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee. Amongst other topics, on the agenda were questions of private investments in relation to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton introduced the committee by underlining why, for him, the current system of […]
XBRL International last week issued a comment letter in support of proposals outlined in the Accountancy Europe paper Interconnected Standard Setting for Corporate Reporting. Accountancy Europe describes the problems associated with proliferating non-financial information (NFI) reporting initiatives and offers an ambitious solution: a global, interconnected reporting standards setter. XBRL International supports this analysis and much of […]