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BlackRock to Focus on Sustainable Investments

This week investment powerhouse BlackRock – who manage $7 trillion of assets – set out a compelling case that climate change is a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects – and their plan to tackle this by becoming a leader in sustainable investing. The world’s largest fund manager plans to divest from companies who get more […]

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A New Standard for Non-Financial Reporting

A recent report from Accountancy Europe sets out an articulate and ambitious plan to cut through the noise of non-financial reporting initiatives with a global, interconnected reporting standard.

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France Calls for Compulsory Sustainability Reporting

France has joined the UK in the push to make environmental reporting standards compulsory in order to tackle greenwashing and enable sustainable investment. France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, told the Financial Times recently that France is encouraging the EU to introduce compulsory environmental reporting standards for European companies and to apply a common definition of […]

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Must Read: ESMA’s Maijoor on IFRS

ESMA Chair Steven Maijoor’s speech underlined the importance of IFRS going forward and described the expected impact of structured (ESEF) data in Inline XBRL for users and regulators alike. He also urged policy makers to focus on standardisation of ESG disclosures.

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SASB Aim for Structured Reporting Using XBRL

As we heard at Data Amplified 2019, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) believe that structured data and standards are crucial to effective sustainability disclosure. To make digital sustainability reporting as simple as possible for issuers, and to make data aggregation and analytics as convenient and effective as possible for investors, SASB are working to develop […]

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TCFD Form Advisory Group for Scenario Analysis

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has formed a new advisory group to help them assist companies with one of the more challenging elements of climate-related disclosure: scenario analysis. Previous TCFD status reports have noted how companies have found scenario analysis challenging. Companies often struggled to construct appropriate scenarios, to understand how their […]

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SEC Chair Calls for Investors to Clarify ESG Data Needs

How should Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) data be reported in order to best cater to the needs of investors? Earlier this week Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton explored this topic in remarks to the Investor Advisory Committee. The Investor Advisory Committee advises the SEC on various regulatory priorities, including the effectiveness […]

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Climate Reporting Falls Short of Investor Expectations

A new UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) report indicates that companies are falling short of investor expectations for quality, granular climate-related reporting. As we heard from SASB at Data Amplified, demand for climate-related reporting is growing. However, for reporting to be useful for investors, it needs to be clear and comparable. The FRC report provides practical guidance to […]

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Data Amplified 2019: SASB Advocate Structured Data for Sustainability Reporting

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. […]

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The Evolution of the Annual Report

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 […]

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