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EFRAG approves European Commission’s adoption of European Sustainability Reporting Standards

August 2, 2023

EFRAG has approved the European Commission’s adoption of European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). The European Commission adopted the first ESRS, set on July 31, 2023. This is mandated by the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and covers environmental, social, and governance matters. The adoption represents a significant step towards relevant and comparable sustainability reporting and identifying sustainability-related financial risks and opportunities for companies.

The European Commission adopted the ESRS after a comprehensive process that began in September 2020. EFRAG played a significant role in this procedure, including submitting a preparatory work report to the European Commission in February 2021, launching a public consultation on Exposure Drafts of ESRS in April 2022, and providing Technical Advice to the European Commission on the final draft standards delivered in November 2022.

EFRAG is putting significant efforts into developing standards for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Additionally, they are actively preparing guidance to encourage the implementation and interoperability of ESRS with overlapping ISSB standards, contributing to the joint work with the ISSB and ensuring the interoperability of ESRS with other relevant international standards.

On August 23, the EFRAG SRB will have a public session to receive an update on the first draft of the EFRAG Implementation Guidance and FAQ regarding materiality assessment (MAIG) and value chain (VCIG). Papers related to this will be posted on or before August 16, 2023. The EFRAG SRB and EFRAG SR TEG will also review the responses to the European Commission’s consultation for feedback on the Have Your Say portal on the draft ESRS to identify priority areas for further guidance. Furthermore, EFRAG will soon establish a single access point on its website for stakeholders to ask questions about the ESRS application.

Since its inception, EFRAG has aimed to contribute to the progress of sustainability reporting worldwide while preventing EU preparers and users from having to report multiple times. During its public session on August 23, 2023, the EFRAG SRB will receive an update on interoperability with other major standard-setting initiatives. The SRB acknowledges the excellent progress made in interoperability between the ESRS adopted by the European Commission and the ISSB standards published in June (IFRS S 1 and S 2). Additionally, the SRB will receive an update on joint efforts to promote straightforward interoperability of ESRS and ISSB climate-related standards. EFRAG and the GRI have approved a joint statement acknowledging a high level of commonality and the possibility for ESRS reporting entities to report regarding GRI, which will also be submitted to the EFRAG SRB. 

According to the SRB, there has been significant advancement in the development of SME standards(both for listed SMEs (LSME) and for voluntary use (VSME)). The progress on sector standards is ongoing, but the European Commission will provide updated information on the timeline in the fall. 

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