We comment on the BIS consultation on the UK implementation of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive

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21 Apr, 2016

We have published our comment letter on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) consultation on the UK implementation of the EU Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) Directive.

Overall, we believe that substantial further thought needs to be given as to how the NFR Directive should be implemented. Our key comments are:

  • we do not believe that either of the two implementation options that have been put forward provide an acceptable outcome and we have proposed a third option which we believe is simpler and enacts the NFR Directive effectively without undue burden;
  • the way in which the UK implements the gender diversity requirements of the Directive requires careful thought in terms of how those requirements are implemented, where information should be presented, and the scope of entities to which it applies or should apply;
  • the option to present information as required by the NFR Directive, and other information, in a separate report needs to be considered carefully; and
  • we do not believe that verification of the non-financial information by an independent assurance provider should be made mandatory.

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