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    IOSCO Adopts Workplan on Sustainable Finance

    March 14, 2022

    The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) adopted and set out a workplan for 2022, to develop sustainable finance and mitigate greenwashing.

    As part of the workplan, IOSCO will:

    • conduct a timely and thorough review of the soon-to-be-published IFRS International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Exposure Drafts of proposed climate and general sustainability disclosure requirements as well as of the final standards when they are produced. If IOSCO determines that the IFRS Sustainability Standards are fit for purpose, its decision would provide all 140 IOSCO member jurisdictions with the basis to decide how they might adopt, apply, or be informed by the ISSB standards.
    • push forward work to develop assurance standards. IOSCO has identified independent assurance of the quality of corporate reporting of sustainability information as a key element of building trust in sustainability reporting.
    • has committed to an in-depth review of carbon markets to identify the vulnerabilities in nascent voluntary carbon markets as well as of the transparency and integrity in the functioning of carbon markets from the perspective of financial regulation.
    • step-up its engagement with national regulators and market participants to push for the implementation of its recommendations addressed to asset management and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and data providers.

    IOSCO also published a summary of the March meeting of the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board with the IFRS Trustees and the IASB and ISSB leadership in Frankfurt. The meeting was the first between the Monitoring Board and the IFRS Foundation leadership in person since the creation of the ISSB was announced at the COP26 in Glasgow in November  2021. The Monitoring Board discussed the ongoing activities of the International Accounting Standards Board, the findings of its agenda consultation, and the work on digital financial reporting. The Monitoring Board members also discussed the progress made by the International Sustainability Standards Board in developing a comprehensive global baseline of high-quality sustainability disclosure standards to meet investor needs. The Monitoring Board focused in its interaction with the Trustees on the due process to be followed by the ISSB in developing its standards and its workplan, while responding in an agile way to urgent calls from stakeholders to deliver the ISSB’s standards in due time, particularly on climate, and to build appropriately on existing frameworks. The Monitoring Board also discussed connectivity between the work of the ISSB and the IASB.

     

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    Keywords: International, Banking, Securities, Sustainable Finance, ESG, Greenwashing, Disclosures, Reporting, Sustainability Standards Board, Climate Change Risk, Workplan, Work Priorities, ISSB, IFRS, IOSCO

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