EU law requires large companies to disclose certain information on the way operate and manage social and environmental challenges.
This helps investor’s consumer’s policy makers and other stakeholders to evaluate the non- financial performance of large companies and encourages these companies to develop a responsible approach to business
Directive 2014/95/EU-also called the non-financial reporting directive (NFRD)_lays down the rules on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies. This directive amends the accounting directive 2013/34/EU. Companies are required to include non-financial statements in their annual reports from 2018 onwards
Companies that must comply
EU rules on non-financial reporting only apply to large to large public-interest companies with more than 500 employees. This covers approximately 6000 large companies and groups across the EU including
- Listed companies
- Insurance companies
- Other companies designated by national authorities as public-interest entities
Information to be disclosed
Under Directive 2014/95/EU Large companies have to publish reports on the polices they implement in relation to
- Environment protection
- Social responsibility and treatment of employees
- Respect for human rights
- Anti-corruption and bribery
- Diversity on company boards (in terms of age gender educational and professional background)
How to report
Directive 2014/95/EU gives companies significant flexibility to disclose relevant information in the way they consider most useful. Companies may use international. European or national guidelines to produce their statements-for instance they can rely on
- The UN Global Compact
- The OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises
- ISO 26000
In June 2017 the European Commission published its guidelines to help companies disclose environment and social information. These guidelines are not mandatory and companies may decide to use international European or national guidelines according to their own characteristics or business environment
In June 2019 the European Commission published guidelines on reporting climate-related information which in practice consist of a new supplement to the existing guidelines on non-financial reporting which remain applicable.
How can we help?
Our organizations being a third party reviewers can audit your organization & issue your settlement of compliance in order to be ready for provision to the administration.