As repeat readers of this newsletter will know, sustainability reporting has long been troubled by a confusing proliferation of competing and complementary standards and frameworks that reduce usability and comparability.
An article by Romane Maguet and Thomas Verdin, of XBRL Europe, in Revue Banque this week calls for ESEF-style tagging to be extended to non-financial information.
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 […]
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 […]
What do the coronavirus pandemic and climate breakdown have in common? They both present a huge threat to global financial stability, stemming from massive global negative externalities rooted in ecological change. They both entail dramatic economic, financial and social damage. And, despite continued warning of their certainty from scientists, we have failed to systematically consider […]
There is a compelling case for the IFRS Foundation to help develop globally comparable standards for sustainability reporting – according to a recent speech from IFRS Foundation Trustee Teresa Ko. Ko’s speech, given at the inaugural meeting of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group, suggested that sustainability reporting is […]
As we underlined in a recent comment letter responding to Accountancy Europe’s proposals for non-financial standard setting, for reporting standards to be useful they should be global. So it’s welcome news that this week the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have launched the Portuguese translation of its recommendations, designed to encourage a stronger […]
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 […]
The MIT Science and Policy of Global Change Program recently brought a number of financial sector experts together to discuss best practices for mitigating climate risk through financial disclosure. A bit like the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists and economists are trying to work through different scenarios to try to understand the impact of different types of […]