EBF CONSULTATION RESPONSE
EBF Responses to EFRAG consultation surveys
BRUSSELS, 8th August 2022 – The EBF supports EFRAG’s extensive efforts to build European sustainability reporting standards (ESRS) reflecting the EU’s ambition in tackling sustainability issues. Improving the quantity, quality, and reliability of sustainability disclosures in the EU will only be possible in the presence of efficient and harmonised reporting standards. To this end, the EBF welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the EFRAG’s public consultation through which we both highlight our support for many aspects and propose further improvements in some areas. In particular,
- The EBF welcomes the integration of the concept of double materiality, but also recognises that further guidance will be needed on how to conduct materiality assessments, which will represent an important challenge in the initial phases of reporting
- Sustainability reports will prove to be a fundamental tool for a wide range of stakeholders, including investors and lenders, but will need to focus on data that is useful and relevant while ensuring that such data is easily identifiable for the users of the reports
- Supporting smaller players, and especially non-listed SMEs will be crucial as they will not be obliged to report, but inevitably be affected by the complex reporting framework. In this respect, a voluntary reporting standard providing a simplified format for these players will foster harmonisation and reduce the burden for entities which are not accustomed to sustainability reporting nor have the necessary resources
- We invite the EFRAG to consider the specificities of the financial sector, which relies on the disclosures of its clients for its own sustainability reporting. In this respect, it should be considered that a one-year time lag between the reporting of non-financial entities and financial entities may provide an adequate solution
- Maintaining a co-building approach between the EFRAG and ISSB will be crucial to ensure that that the final ESRS will be interoperable with the ISSB global baseline, avoiding any double reporting
Further recommendations and details can be found in the EBF’s answers to selected questions of the public consultation documents.
For more information please contact:
Sustainable Finance Policy Adviser, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the EBF:
The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together 32 national banking associations in Europe that together represent a significant majority of all banking assets in Europe, with 3,500 banks – large and small, wholesale and retail, local and international – while employing approximately two million people. EBF members represent banks that make available loans to the European economy in excess of €20 trillion and that reliably handle more than 400 million payment transactions per day. Launched in 1960, the EBF is committed to a single market for financial services in the European Union and to supporting policies that foster economic growth.
European Banking Federation
The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together national banking associations from across Europe. The federation is committed to a thriving European economy that is underpinned by a stable, secure and inclusive financial ecosystem, and to a flourishing society where financing is available to fund the dreams of citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere.
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