An ongoing suggestion amongst policy makers, the accounting profession and ESG advocates is that the International Accounting Standards Board should take over standards setting in the field of environmental reporting and climate disclosure in particular. The Chair of the IASB used a speech last week to re-affirm that the IFRS standards setters will do no […]
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has now published an open letter arguing that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) information is now crucial for investors, in response to the speech (above) by IASB Board Chair. In that speech Hans Hoogervorst, pointed out that “greenwashing is rampant” in sustainability reporting. The GRI suggest that this argument misrepresents […]
The Alliance for Corporate Transparency project has assessed over 100 European companies to analyse how effectively they are disclosing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact information required by the EU Non-financial Reporting (NFR) Directive.
The European Parliament and EU member states have reached a political agreement on 7 March on the new rules governing disclosure requirements for sustainability investments. This latest agreement is part of the EU’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth.
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.