EFRAG summary reports from roundtable events with preparers on Primary Financial Statements

30 Nov, 2022

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has released summary reports detailing feedback received from participants from the three roundtable events held in coordination with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and European national standard setters to discuss the IASB’s tentative decisions to change the Exposure Draft General Presentation and Disclosures.

The objective of the roundtable discussions was to receive feedback from a range of stakeholders that would help the IASB to assess whether the selected tentative decisions will function as intended and achieve the intended balance of costs and benefits.

EFRAG has now issued the following reports summarising this feedback:

  • Summary report of the roundtable with corporate companies held on 24 October 2022;
  • Summary report the roundtable with financial institutions and conglomerates held on 2 November 2022; and
  • Summary report of the roundtable with corporate companies held on 4 November 2022.

A press release and the three summary reports are available on the EFRAG website.

EFRAG summary report from joint webinar on Primary Financial Statements

30 Nov, 2022

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has released a summary report of the joint webinar held in collaboration with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) on 15 November 2022 to discuss the implications of the IASB's latest tentative decisions on Primary Financial Statements.

The objective of the event was to collect input from preparers, users and auditors on whether a selection of the IASB’s tentative decisions to change the proposals in the Exposure Draft General Presentation and Disclosures (‘the ED’) will function as intended and achieve the intended balance of costs and benefits. 

The following topics were discussed:

  • Subtotals and categories in the statement of profit or loss  
  • Disclosures of operating expenses by nature
  • Management performance measures
  • Unusual income and expenses

press release and summary report are available on the EFRAG website.

Agenda for the Emerging Economies Group December 2022 meeting

29 Nov, 2022

The IASB Emerging Economies Group (EEG) will meet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 5–6 December 2022. An agenda for the meeting is now available.

The agenda for the meeting is sum­marised below:

Monday 5 December 2022 (09:00-17:00)

  • Address by hosting country
  • Address by EEG Chair Tadeu Cendon
  • Proposed amendments to the IFRS for SMEs Accounting Standard

Tuesday 6 December 2022 (09:00-16:30)

  • Hyperinflation (Turkey)
  • Cryptocurrency (Mexico)
  • Post-implementation review of IFRS 15
  • Business combinations under common control
  • Update on IASB and IFRS In­ter­pre­ta­tions Committee ac­tiv­i­ties

Agenda papers from this meeting are available on the IASB's website.

IFRS Foundation Trustees and Due Process Oversight Committee hold October 2022 meetings

28 Nov, 2022

The IFRS Foundation Trustees met on 25–26 October 2022 and the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC) met on 26 October 2022. Both meetings were held in Seoul.

Trustees meeting

Meeting activities included the following:

  • Report of the Chair of the Trustees and the Executive Director 
  • The history of SASB standards
  • Report of the Chair of the ISSB
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Report of the Chair of the IASB
  • Strategy for promoting sustainable operations of the IFRS Foundation
  • Engagement with the Chair of the Monitoring Board
  • Membership of the IFRS Sustainability Standards Advisory Forum
  • Data for green finance
  • IFRS Foundation Transitional Advisory Group
  • Reports from the Trustee Committee meetings
  • Stakeholder engagement

DPOC meeting

Meeting activities included the following:

  • IASB-related matters
    • Update on IASB technical activities
    • IASB Consultative Groups — Annual review
    • IASB Annual reporting protocol
    • Educational material on IFRS Accounting Standards — review of due process
  • ISSB-related matters
    • Update on ISSB technical activities
    • Due process for maintaining and enhancing the SASB Standards
  • Correspondence

For more information, see the full summary of the Trustees' meeting and the full summary of the DPOC meeting on the IFRS Foundation’s website.

Updated IASB and ISSB work plan — Analysis (November 2022)

28 Nov, 2022

Following the IASB's and ISSB's November 2022 meetings, we have analysed the work plan on the IFRS Foundation website to see what changes have resulted from the meetings and other developments since the work plan was last revised in October 2022.

Below is an analysis of all changes made to the work plan since our last analysis on 25 October 2022.

Stan­dard-set­ting projects

  • Financial instruments with characteristics of equity — The expected date for the exposure draft has been added for H2 2023.

Main­te­nance projects

  • Amend­ments to the clas­si­fi­ca­tion and mea­sure­ment of financial in­stru­ments —This project exposure draft is now expected in Q2 2023 (previously H1 2023).
  • International tax reform — pillar two model rules — This project has now been added to the work plan and an exposure draft is expected in January 2023.
  • Lack of exchangeability (amendments to IAS 21) — A decision on the project’s direction is expected in December 2022 (previously no date given).
  • Non-current liabilities with covenants (amendments to IAS 1) — Project is removed from work plan since the issuance of amendments on 31 October 2022.
  • Supplier finance arrangements — Amendments are expected to be issued in H1 2023.

Strategy & governance projects

  • ISSB consultation on agenda priorities — The request for information will occur in H1 2023 (previously December 2022).

Research projects

  • Ex­trac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties — A decision on the direction of the project is now expected in Q2 2023 (pre­vi­ously H1 2023).
  • Goodwill and impairment — The decision on the project direction is now expected in December 2022 (previously November 2022).

Other projects

  • IFRS accounting taxonomy update — 2022 General Im­prove­ments and Common Practice — Feedback on the proposal is expected in Q1 2023.
  • IFRS accounting taxonomy update — amendments to IFRS 16 and IAS 1 — Feedback on the proposal is expected in Q1 2023.

The above is a faithful com­par­i­son of the IASB and ISSB work plan at 25 October 2022 and 28 November 2022. For access to the current work plan at any time, please click here.

Pre-meeting summaries for the November 2022 IFRS Interpretations Committee meeting

28 Nov, 2022

The IFRS Interpretations Committee (Committee) meets on 29 November 2022. The Committee will discuss one new item, six potential annual improvements to IFRS Accounting Standards and an item for input on an IASB project.

New item: IFRS 16 Leases—Definition of a Lease: Substitution Rights: The Committee received a submission about how to assess whether a contract contains a lease applying IFRS 16 when the supplier has particular substitution rights and at what level an entity evaluates whether that right is substantive. The contract in the fact pattern is for the use of 100 similar assets. The supplier has the practical ability to substitute alternative assets throughout the period of use but is expected to benefit economically from the exercise of its right to substitute only after some time into the period of lease. The staff concluded that there is an identified asset because the asset is specified and the supplier’s substitution right is not substantive throughout the period of use. The staff also concluded that the level to evaluate whether the substitution right is substantive is on each asset. The staff recommend not adding a standard-setting project to the work plan and instead to publish a tentative agenda decision.

Potential annual improvements to IFRS Accounting Standards: The staff will ask whether the Committee members agree with their preliminary views on the following six proposed amendments to IFRS Accounting Standards and to include them in the next annual improvements cycle:

  • IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards—terminology update
  • IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements—'De facto agent’ assessment
  • IFRS 9 Financial Instruments—terminology update
  • IAS 7 Statement of Cash Flows—terminology update
  • IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures—reference update
  • IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures—implementation guidance

Input on IASB project: Post-implementation Review (PIR) of IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers: The IASB has started the PIR of IFRS 15 which aims at assessing whether the effects of applying new requirements on users of financial statements, preparers, auditors and regulators are as intended when the IASB developed those requirements. The purpose of the discussion is to ask the Committee members to share their views on the implementation and ongoing application of IFRS 15, including the matters that the Committee members think the IASB should consider in the PIR of the Standard.

Work in progress: There are two new matters that have not been presented to the Committee.

The full agenda for the meeting and our com­pre­hen­sive pre-meet­ing summaries can be found here.

Council of the European Union adopts CSRD

28 Nov, 2022

After the European Parliament adopted the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) on 10 November 2022, the Council of the European Union has now given the final green light.

Following the Council’s approval today of the European Parliament's position, the legislative act was adopted. After being signed by the President of the European Parliament and the President of the Council, it will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will enter into force 20 days afterwards. The new rules will need to be implemented by member states 18 months later.

The effective date of the CSRD depends on the type of company. For EU companies already required to prepare a non-financial information statement, the CSRD is effective for periods commencing on or after 1 January 2024. Large UK and other non-EU companies listed on an EU regulated market (i.e. those meeting two of the three following criteria: more than €20 million total assets, more than €40 million net turnover and more than 250 employees) will be subject to the CSRD requirements for periods commencing on or after 1 January 2025.  

UK and other non-EU companies that are not listed in the EU but which have substantial activity in the EU will be subject to the CSRD for periods commencing on or after 1 January 2028.

Please click to see the press release announcing the adoption on the Council's website.

DPOC to discuss shortened comment period for OECD Pillar Two proposals

28 Nov, 2022

The Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC) will hold a supplementary meeting on 1 December 2022.

There are two topics on the agenda:

  • Approval for a shortened comment period for an exposure draft of proposed amendments to IAS 12 Income Taxes; and
  • Due process review of the post-implementation review of the classification and measurement requirements of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments.

The amendments to IAS 12 relate to the new project the IASB added to its work programme last week, which aims to address concerns about the potential implications of the imminent implementation of the OECD Pillar Two rules on the accounting for income taxes. The IASB has tentatively decided to introduce:

  • a temporary exception from accounting for deferred taxes arising from the implementation of the rules; and
  • targeted disclosures requirements for affected companies.

The IASB expects to publish an exposure draft in January 2023.

Please click to access the full agenda and papers for the meeting on the IFRS Foundation website.

IFRS Foundation proposes second update to IFRS Taxonomy 2022

28 Nov, 2022

The IFRS Foundation has issued a proposed IFRS Taxonomy Update, 'IFRS Accounting Taxonomy 2022 Proposed Update 2 — 'Lease Liability in a Sale and Leaseback' and 'Non-current Liabilities with Covenants''.

The proposed changes reflect two recent amendments to IFRS Accounting Standards:

Details on the proposed changes are available in the press release on the IFRS Foundation website and in proposed update itself. Comments are requested by 28 December 2022.

FRC publishes its 2022 review of stewardship reporting

28 Nov, 2022

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published its ‘Review of Stewardship Reporting 2022’ ("the review").

The review sets out key messages from stewardship reports assessed in spring 2022, sets out expectations for reporting in 2023, and outlines changes to the application deadlines for 2023.  To support stakeholders' continued improvement, the review also gives guidance on the reporting of exercising rights and responsibilities and monitoring and holding third-party managers to account.

The FRC has seen improvements in a number of areas.  These include:

  • The quality of activity and outcome reporting for engagement, collaboration and escalation.
  • Signatories’ contributions to addressing market-wide and systemic risks, and improving the functioning of financial markets.
  • How signatories monitor and hold to account third parties, such as asset managers and service providers.
  • Increased transparency of organisational purpose.
  • Stewardship in asset classes other than listed equity, such as fixed income and real estate.

However, the report also notes that there still needs to be greater emphasis by signatories on reporting their activities and outcomes during the reporting period, using both quantitative and qualitative evidence.

In 2023 the FRC's key areas of focus will include reporting on the outcomes of engagament providing case studies to illustrate both the activity in the year and progress towards those outcomes.  

press release and the full review are available on the FRC website.

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