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IFAC Continues to Advocate for Convergence in Global Sustainability Disclosure

Welcomes EFRAG’s public consultation on European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) exposure drafts

May 3, 2022 | New York, New York | English

As the global voice of the accountancy profession, IFAC has supported a global system for delivering consistent, comparable and assurable sustainability information. Such disclosure must become a core component of the corporate reporting ecosystem that helps stakeholders assess objectives and progress towards addressing the climate crisis and other important environmental, social, and governance matters. European Sustainability Reporting Standards can play an important part in aligning global and jurisdictional-specific goals.

IFAC supports the view that sustainability disclosure requirements should be developed to capture and measure what really matters and to facilitate adoption and implementation in an internationally compatible manner. Alignment between global and jurisdiction-specific requirements, to the extent possible, is key for companies who operate across national borders, who compete for capital globally, and who are working towards a more sustainable future.  

IFAC CEO Kevin Dancey said “Collectively, we have an historic opportunity to embrace equivalency and interoperability in sustainability initiatives around the world, to leverage the work of existing high-quality sustainability frameworks, and to avoid costly regulatory fragmentation and complexity. Toward this end, IFAC strongly supports the ISSB’s recently announced working group that will establish dialogue for enhanced compatibility between the ISSB’s recent exposure drafts and ongoing jurisdictional initiatives like that of the European Union.”

The European Commission’s ambitious Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive seeks to put sustainability-related reporting on the same footing as traditional financial reporting—addressing what sustainability information must be reported and requiring its assurance, among other important elements that can enhance corporate reporting.  We hope this important work ultimately contributes to—and amplifies the impact of—an emerging global sustainability disclosure system. 

Learn more about IFAC’s support for a global approach to sustainability-related disclosure on the IFAC website.

About IFAC
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 180 members and associates in 135 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.