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.
In recent months momentum for renewed NFI reporting has increased in Europe, with the European Commission (EC) conducting a review into the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD).
Regulators the world over are concerned that public companies provide as much transparency as possible about the impact of the pandemic on their operations. For example ESMA, the SEC, Japan’s JFSA, Brazil’s CVM, and IOSCO itself have recently provided advisories in this area.
Leading by example, this week the Global LEI Foundation (GLEIF) published its annual report in Inline XBRL format. But GLEIF went further than that. The report has also been published on the ESMA website as an example ESEF report. The report conforms to the requirements set out in the ESEF Regulation and the guidance in […]
In December 2019, Sir Donald Brydon recommended improvements to the Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) as part of a reform agenda in UK audit. More effective ICFR could provide management and users of financial statements with better quality information and facilitate better decision-making. A new ICAEW report explores the scope of a future UK […]
Earlier this year the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) held a consultation in advance of their review of technical implementation methods for Solvency II supervisory reporting and public disclosure. Insurance Europe and the CFO Forum have submitted a joint response to the consultation outlining, in the large part, support for the proposals. In […]
This week a World Bank Group cautions against making Covid-19 related regulatory allowances that reduce the utility of essential credit-related data. Disruptions in supply chains and reductions in demand have had a huge impact on profitability during the pandemic. In order to avert a credit freeze, regulators worldwide have introduced unprecedented financial measures – from […]
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 […]
With Covid-19 creating significant uncertainty amongst businesses and the economic and financial system, the need for strong transparency and clear communication has only increased. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has underlined the importance of transparency and consistency with reporting requirements when disclosing the financial effects of Covid-19 in half-yearly financial reports. Where necessary, […]