Featured Product

    EC Consults on Review of Non-Financial Reporting Directive

    February 20, 2020

    EC is launched a consultation on the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive or NFRD (Directive 2014/95/EU, as part of its strategy to strengthen sustainable investment in Europe. The Directive requires certain large companies to include a non-financial statement (for example, on environmental or social issues) as part of their annual public reporting obligations. The consultation is intended to collect views from across EU on possible reforms or improvements that could be made to the Directive. The consultation ends on May 14, 2020 and the feedback from this consultation will feed into the EC impact assessment on the review of the Directive. EC also published the remarks given by the Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, at the IFRS Foundation Conference. Mr. Dombrovskis discussed ongoing and potential developments in the areas of the non-financial reporting, reporting in the European Single Electronic Format, and disclosures related to sustainable finance.

    A review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive is an essential part of the effort of EC to scale up sustainable finance by improving corporate transparency and providing all stakeholders with more comparable and relevant information on sustainable business activities. In addition to this public consultation, EC will also conduct targeted surveys that will be addressed to small and medium-size enterprises and to companies under the scope of the  Non-Financial Reporting Directive. The targeted surveys will collect more detailed opinions and data from companies on certain issues, including costs related to non-financial reporting. In addition, the services of EC will soon launch a public consultation on a Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy to seek stakeholder views on other issues related to sustainable finance, including questions on sustainable corporate governance.

    EU rules on non-financial reporting only apply to large public-interest companies with more than 500 employees. They cover approximately 6,000 large companies and groups across EU, including listed companies, banks, insurance companies, other companies designated by the national authorities as public-interest entities. The NFRD identifies four sustainability issues (environment, social and employee issues, human rights, and bribery and corruption) and with respect to these issues it requires companies to disclose information about their business model, policies (including implemented due diligence processes), outcomes, risks and risk management, and key performance indicators relevant to the business. It does not introduce or require the use of a non-financial reporting standard or framework, nor does it impose detailed disclosure requirements such as lists of indicators per sector. 

    In addition to the provisions of the NFRD, several other EU legislative acts require disclosures of sustainability-related information for financial sector entities:

    • The Regulation on prudential requirements for credit institutions requires certain banks to disclose ESG risks as of June 28, 2022.
    • The Regulation on sustainability‚Äźrelated disclosures in the financial services sector requires financial market participants to disclose their policies on the integration of sustainability risks in their investment decision-making process and the adverse impact of investment decisions on sustainability factors, as of March 10, 2021.
    • The Regulation establishing a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (the Sustainable Finance Taxonomy) creates new reporting obligations, including for companies subject to the NFRD, starting in December 2021.

     

    Related Links

    Comment Due Date: May 14, 2020

    Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Sustainable Finance, Disclosures, Reporting, Climate Change Risk, Non-Financial Reporting, EC, ESG

    Featured Experts
    Related Articles
    News

    PRA Finalizes Approach to Supervision of International Banks

    In a recent Market Notice, the Bank of England (BoE) confirmed that green gilts will have equivalent eligibility to existing gilts in its market operations.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FCA Issues PS21/9 on Implementation of Investment Firms Regime

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the policy statement PS21/9 on implementation of the Investment Firms Prudential Regime.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Proposes Regulatory Standards to Identify Shadow Banking Entities

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) proposed regulatory technical standards that set out criteria for identifying shadow banking entities for the purpose of reporting large exposures.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    IOSCO Proposes Recommendations on ESG Ratings and Data Providers

    The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) proposed a set of recommendations on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and data providers.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EC to Defer Application of SFDR Standards Till July 2022

    The European Commission (EC) announced plans to defer the application of 13 regulatory technical standards under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (2019/2088) by six months, from January 01, 2022 to July 01, 2022.

    July 23, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    BoE Consults on Approach to Setting MREL, Publishes Bail-In Guidance

    The Bank of England (BoE) published a consultation paper on approach to setting minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL), an operational guide on executing bail-in, and a statement from the Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden.

    July 22, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Seeks Views on Proportionality Assessment Methodology

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) is seeking preliminary input on standardization of the proportionality assessment methodology for credit institutions and investment firms.

    July 22, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    US Agencies Propose Changes to Call Reports and Instructions

    Certain regulatory authorities in the US are extending period for completion of the review of certain residential mortgage provisions and for publication of notice disclosing the determination of this review until December 20, 2021.

    July 22, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    PRA Finalizes Rulebook Definition of Higher Paid Material Risk-Taker

    The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the policy statement PS18/21, which introduces an amendment in the definition of "higher paid material risk taker" in the Remuneration Part of the PRA Rulebook.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Examines Asset Encumbrance in Banking Sector

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its annual report on asset encumbrance in banking sector.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 7291