If you’re a sustainability manager or professional, you’ll know how important it is to keep on top of new legislation as it comes out. To stay compliant, you’ll need to do some research to understand which reporting requirements apply to you, and how to gather the right data to meet those requirements.
In January 2024, the European Union will bring in the EU
Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive(CSRD). This will apply to European companies, as well as large international companies with subsidiaries in Europe.
So how will this affect your business? What do you need to do to prepare?
Read on to learn the key publicly-available facts about this directive and how it may affect your company.
All large companies in the EU will need to disclose data on the environmental impact of their undertakings and activities, as well as any sustainability risks they are exposed to. These disclosures are based on common criteria in line with the EU’s climate goals.
The current EU sustainability legislation is called the
Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). This directive was adopted by the European Union in 2014. It applies to companies with more than 500 employees operating within the EU, and requires these organizations to report on their sustainability and climate-related policies, risks, and outcomes.
The CSRD is meant to address shortcomings in the NFRD, which is “
perceived as largely insufficient and unreliable”, according to the European Parliament.
- The scope of the CSRD is broader than that of the NFRD
- Information must be included as part of your company’s Management Report, and must be delivered in a different format
- Information will be included in a digital open access database for greater transparency
- You’ll need to provide information that’s qualitative and quantitative, forward-looking and retrospective, and based in the short, medium, and long-term
- Your reporting must go through a mandatory assurance audit from a third-party service provider to make sure the information is accurate and reliable
- There may be an initial increase in costs, although the legislation should lower costs over the medium to long-term, according to the European Commission
- Relevant sustainability matters that have impact materiality (a positive or negative impact on people and the planet over the short, medium, and long term), financial materiality (generate risks or opportunities that could affect your organization’s financial position), or double materiality (both)
- Your business model and strategy, and its relation to sustainability risks and opportunities
- Intellectual, human, social, and relationship capital
- Policies, processes, and incentive schemes
- Progress towards meeting targets
- Adverse impacts and actions taken to remedy them
- Risks and their management
- Roles of the management and supervisory bodies and stakeholders, and their relevant expertise
But beyond just avoiding penalties, complying with the CSRD also offers opportunities. Offering transparency helps build trust with investors and customers. It can help you improve your company’s brand image, prevent greenwashing, and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability in a tangible way.
Moreover, you can improve your operational efficiencies while taking action against climate change, potentially cutting costs as you meet your company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals.
You should now have a better idea of what the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive is and how it may affect your business. While this article can serve as an informal guide, it’s important to stay up to date on new regulations, so you can make sure you’re in compliance.Regardless of whether or not this legislation applies to you, making your company more sustainable is a smart business strategy. By investing in solutions which give you access to data on carbon emissions, you can create plans to lower these emissions over time. Ultimately, you can reduce your company’s environmental impact through measures such as carbon offsetting to reach climate neutrality.
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