ESG Reporting

The importance of ESG performance is increasing due to new regulatory requirements, an evolving ESG reporting landscape, shifting stakeholder expectations and pressure from investors.

Technical Line - How the climate-related disclosure proposals from the SEC, EFRAG and ISSB compare

Our Technical Line has been updated to reflect recent developments, including the submission by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG).

The terms ESG, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) often are used interchangeably, and disclosures are broken up into three categories.

1 Environmental: includes issues focused on climate risks, carbon emissions, energy efficiency, use of natural resources, pollution and biodiversity

2 Social: includes issues focused on human capital, labor regulations, diversity, DEI, safety, human rights and community involvement

3 Governance: includes issues focused on board diversity, corruption and bribery, business ethics, compensation policies and general risk tolerance

ESG metrics that encompass those three areas provide an additional lens for investors reviewing and evaluating company assets. These factors help identify emerging opportunities to manage long-term investment risks.

From a business perspective, ESG reporting is important to demonstrate how corporate purpose is brought to life and supports creating long-term value. It can also strengthen corporate reputations and trust with stakeholders. Increased regulations and consistency related to ESG disclosures is strongly supported by users and preparers.

Investors, as the users of ESG reporting, place greater importance on requiring consistent and mandated standards than finance leaders do as preparers. In fact, 89% of investors surveyed in the 2021 Institutional Investor Survey would like reporting of ESG performance measured against a set of globally consistent standards a mandatory requirement, but this decreased to 74% of finance leaders surveyed in the 2021 Corporate Reporting Survey.

To the Point - SEC adopts rules requiring registrants to disclose certain climate-related information

The rules are intended to provide consistent, comparable and reliable information to investors about how a registrant has addressed its climate-related risks.

Our latest thinking on ESG Reporting

How can CFOs uncover the material among the immaterial

The EY Global Corporate Reporting Survey finds a significant reporting disconnect with investors on ESG disclosures. Learn more.

Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive: the rush to get ready

For US-based companies doing business in the EU, getting CSRD readiness efforts underway is critical.

How CSRD regulations embrace circular economy principles

Discover how the EU's CSRD addresses Circular Economy and Resource Use, and how companies can prepare for more circular strategies and disclosures.

How enhanced internal controls lay the foundation for ESG reporting

Companies may need to enhance internal control governance for sustainability reporting.

Nine key actions to prioritize as the CSRD looms

The EU Corporate Social Responsibility Directive’s broad scope will upend reporting for companies that do business in the region. Here’s how to prepare.

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