Items tagged with "Sustainability"

Global Crisis highlights failure to account for Global Risks

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 […]

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Sustainability reporting and IFRS

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 […]

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TCFD translates Recommendations into Portuguese

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 […]

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XBRL International supports digital ESG disclosures

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 […]

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Can financial disclosure accelerate Climate Action?

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 […]

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EU consults on new ESG Disclosure Standards

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have published a consultation paper seeking input on proposed environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure standards for certain financial services providers and products. The proposals would require the sustainability characteristics or objectives of financial market participants, advisers and products to be disclosed. EU-wide benchmarks for determining ‘sustainable’ activity would be used to […]

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EU establish Sustainable Investment Terms

To encourage private investment in sustainable growth the EU Council has adopted a classification system aimed at creating a common language on environmental objectives across Europe. In order to reduce greenwashing and improve investor confidence in financial products labelled as ‘sustainable’, common, clear metrics through which to discuss environmental objectives are important. An EU wide […]

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Accountancy Europe supports EC Initiative to review Non-Financial Reporting

The European Commission (EC) are currently undergoing a review process, taking a fresh look at its Sustainable Finance Strategy and Non-Financial Reporting Directive in order to better deliver on its Green Deal policy objectives. This week Accountancy Europe have emphasised their support of this consultation, highlighting how the field experience of the 1 million professional accountants […]

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France Tackles Greenwashing

Last month France’s securities regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), introduced a new policy designed to help tackle greenwashing in asset management. In order to help ensure information communicated to investors is clear, accurate and not misleading, the policy consists of a set of minimum requirements for fund managers to meet in order to […]

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UK’s new XBRL Taxonomy enables easier Energy and Carbon Reporting.

As the UK continues to increase mandatory environmental disclosure requirements, Companies House and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have released a new XBRL taxonomy making it easier for firms to comply.

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