Madhu Matthew from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) gave Data Amplified an introduction to the importance of structured data to the work SASB are doing to connect businesses and investors on the financial impact of sustainability. Much sustainability information today is reported from a marketing perspective, in a glossy CSR report with rampant greenwashing. […]
Annual reports, once a sheaf of printed paper delivered by snail mail, have evolved considerably with the expansion of digital technology. However, too often, they remain in debt to their paper-based past, reluctant to take advantage of the opportunities digitisation has presented. This week Communicate Magazine and the Evolution of the Annual Report conference have […]
Key co-ordinating body, the Corporate Reporting Dialogue, has reported that alignment between different ESG frameworks with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations is better than expected. In order to offer more clarity on the relationships between different ESG reporting frameworks, the Better Alignment Project has brought a varied group of standard setters together to […]
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.