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New publication: EU sustainable finance and non-financial reporting

23 June 2020

Central to compliance with the newly emerging EU sustainable finance framework is the need to improve ESG disclosures, also referred to as “non-financial information”. The European Commission is currently reviewing the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) in order to update this framework to meet evolving needs. Irish Funds has published a comment paper entitled “Building a common EU framework for corporate non-financial reporting disclosures”. 

In the paper, we agree with and support the objective of providing meaningful, consistent, high quality ESG-related reporting from corporates. The paper specifically addresses the key areas of:

  • Transparency and access to data and information
  • Standardisation
  • Materiality
  • Third-party assurance
  • Location of NFRD disclosures

The publication of this paper follows our response the Commission’s consultation on the review of the NFRD. We will shortly publish a further paper comparing some of the prevalent international non-financial reporting frameworks. We will also hold a webinar on 9 July on the topic of non-financial reporting with further details to follow. 

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