IOSCO statement on financial reporting and disclosure during economic uncertainty

15 Nov, 2022

The International Organization for Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has released a statement emphasizing issuers’ need for fair, transparent and timely disclosure about impacts of economic uncertainty.

The statement lists the following factors affecting current economic conditions that should be considered:

  • supply chain challenges;
  • on-going impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • evolving impacts of the conflict in Ukraine;
  • escalating energy supply shortages and costs;
  • labor shortages;
  • inflationary pressures;
  • volatility in currency exchange rates;
  • rising interest rates;
  • changes in monetary and fiscal policies; and
  • other responses from central banks and other government authorities.

Considering these factors might lead to financial statement considerations, going concern considerations, considerations around events after the reporting period, updating and assessing significant judgments, estimates and estimation uncertainty, cybersecurity risk consideration, and considerations around non-GAAP financial measures.

The IOSCO concludes:

We encourage issuers, external auditors, as well as audit committees [...] to be particularly vigilant in times of economic uncertainty in their consideration of how risks and uncertainties that could affect or have affected an issuer’s operations, financial condition, cash flows and prospects can be transparently communicated to investors.

Please click to access the full statement on the IOSCO website.

Transition Plan Taskforce publishes its consultation on private sector transition plans

15 Nov, 2022

At COP27 the UK’s Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) published its consultation on what private sector companies need to do to implement and disclose a transition plan.

The TPT was launched by HM Treasury in April 2022 to develop a ‘gold standard’ for private sector climate transition plans applicable to the UK and includes representatives from the Government, regulators, industry, civil society, and academics.

The consultation consists of two documents:

  • The TPT Disclosure Framework - recommendations for companies and financial institutions to develop gold-standard transition plans.
  • The TPT Implementation Guidance – steps for companies to follow when developing their transition plan, as well as when, where and how to disclose their plan.

The TPT recommends that firms provide a standalone transition plan at least every three years and when material changes to any plan are made, if sooner. It also recommends that reporting progress and material updates against a firm’s transition plan should be provided within a firm’s annual reporting cycle, either as part of Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) or International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) disclosures. Additionally it says that if an entity produces a long-form TCFD or sustainability report, the transition plan must be clearly separable (e.g. as an appendix or separate document).

The TPT’s recommendations are intended to build on what was set out in TCFD guidance and ISSB exposure draft standards. The TPT’s recommendations are also structured around five elements which mirror the key components of a transition plan, as recommended by Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).

To accompany the consultation documents, the TPT has published Technical Annex to the Guidance to map the TPT recommendations to other wider sustainability reporting frameworks, such as the recommendations from TCFD and the ISSB proposed standards.

The TPT has also set up a Sandbox to give firms space to test how they integrate the TPT’s framework and guidance within their systems and reporting cycle.

Once TPT has finalised its work, it expects the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to use the Disclosure Framework to strengthen the disclosure requirements that it has already set out for listed companies, asset managers and owners, life insurers and pension providers that are regulated by the FCA.

The consultation survey closes on 28 February 2023 and the TPT is expected to finalise the Disclosure Framework and Guidance shortly after.

A press release, further information including a summary of the proposed recommendations and a link to the full consultation are available on the TPT website.

IFAC publishes a report on climate-related disclosure

15 Nov, 2022

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has published a report providing insight into climate-related disclosure.

The report analyses disclosure trends in emissions reduction targets and transition plans of the 40 largest exchange-listed companies in 15 jurisdictions, for a total of 600 companies.  The jurisdictions include G7 countries and 8 non-G7 countries for the 2020 reporting year.

Key findings include:

  • 66% of the large, exchange-traded companies reviewed included some type of emissions reduction target in their corporate disclosures. These emissions targets used a variety of terminology (such as 'carbon neutral' and 'net zero') and only 39% incorporated Scope 3 emissions.
  • Of the 397 companies with an emissions reduction target 5% had clearly provided both “absolute” and “intensity” targets.  The International Sustainability Standard Board’s (ISSB's) draft standard includes the disclosure of historic emissions on an absolute and intensity basis.
  • Whilst other dates are being used, 129 of the companies set 2050 as the date for achieving their stated value chain or operationally neutral reduction target, consistent with the Paris Agreement.  Targets earlier than 2050 were common in finance or industries such as technology, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, or beverages.
  • Most companies set their targets in alignment with the Paris Agreement (28%) or Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTi) (43%) protocols.
  • 322 companies reported on climate with reference to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework. 86% of those disclosed a target while only 44% of companies that did not use the TCFD framework provided a target. 
  • Most companies (90%) who disclosed emissions targets also provided a disclosure about how they plan to reach their target.
  • In transition plans, reduction strategies were significantly more prevalent than disclosures of offset strategies
  • Only 24% of companies with a plan included some past expenditure or future estimate of expenditures to implement plan actions.

Further information and the full report is available on the IFAC Website.

EFRAG issues draft endorsement advice on Amendments to IFRS 16

15 Nov, 2022

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has issued a draft endorsement letter and a separate invitation to comment relating to the use in the European Union (EU) of 'Lease Liability in a Sale and Leaseback (Amendments to IFRS 16) (‘the Amendments’).

The Amendments specify how a seller-lessee subsequently measures sale and leaseback transactions that satisfy the requirements in IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers to be accounted for as a sale.

EFRAG recommends the endorsement of the Amendments. EFRAG’s initial assessment is that the Amendments meet the technical requirements of the Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of international accounting standards.

Comments are requested by 9 January 2023.

For more information, see the press releasethe draft endorsement advice letter and the invitation to comment on the EFRAG website.  EFRAG has also updated its endorsement status report to reflect the draft endorsement advice.

Agenda for the December 2022 ASAF meeting

14 Nov, 2022

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has released an agenda and meeting papers for the meeting of the Accounting Standards Advisory Forum (ASAF), which is to be held in the IASB's offices in London on 8–9 December 2022.

A summary of the agenda is set out below:

Thursday 8 December 2022 (9:45-16:30)

  • Agenda planning and feedback from previous ASAF meetings
  • Primary Financial Statements
  • Post-implementation Review of IFRS 15
    • Identifying matters to be examined
  • Variable and contingent consideration
    • EFRAG Discussion Paper — Accounting for variable consideration
  • Business Combinations Under Common Control
    • Initial views: Principle and exceptions

Friday 9 December 2022 (9:00-12:15)

  • Provisions — Targeted Improvements
    • Discount rates — non-performance risk
  • Equity Method
    • Project update and transactions between an investor and its associate–an acknowledged inconsistency between the requirements of IFRS 10 and IAS 28
    • Transactions between an investor and its associate–an acknowledged inconsistency between the requirements of IFRS 10 and IAS 28

Agenda papers for the meeting are available on the IFRS Foun­da­tion website.

Report of the October 2022 SME Implementation Group meeting

14 Nov, 2022

The IASB has issued a report on the SME Implementation Group (SMEIG) meeting held on 13 October 2022.

The SMEIG discussed the following topics related to the second comprehensive review of the IFRS for SMEs Standard:

  • Objective of the second comprehensive review
  • Concepts and basic principles
  • Fair value measurement
  • Financial instruments
  • Business combinations
  • Consolidation package
  • Revenue
  • Other topics

Please click to access the report on the IFRS Foundation website.

Agenda papers available for the UK Endorsement Board Public Meeting on 17 November 2022

14 Nov, 2022

The meeting agenda and papers for the UK Endorsement Board (UKEB) meeting on 17 November are available.

The agenda items to be discussed are as follows: 

    • Administrative Matters
    • 2021 Narrow-scope amendments—Adoption Package
    • Narrow-scope amendments to IFRS 16: Lease Liability in a Sale and Leaseback
    • IFRS 17 – Implementation Update
    • IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements - Narrow Scope Amendments 2020 and 2022
    • IASB General Update
    • ISSB General Update
    • Draft Report: Intangibles Qualitative Research
    • Advisory Groups Updates 

The meeting agenda and papers and details of how to register are available on the UKEB website.

A recording of the meeting was made available on the UKEB website on 25 November 2022.

FRC to host a webinar on its recent work and future activities

14 Nov, 2022

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is hosting a webinar to provide an update on its work during 2022 and a look ahead of what’s coming in 2023.

The webinar, to be held on 24 November 2022, will cover the FRC's regulatory standards, corporate reporting and supervision activities and findings, as well as providing an update on the transformation journey to the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA) and its approach to regulation.

Details of how to register for the webinar, and further information, is available on the FRC website.

November 2022 IASB meeting agenda posted

11 Nov, 2022

The IASB has posted the agenda for its next meeting, which will be held in its office in London on 22–24 November 2022. There are eight topics on the agenda.

The Board will discuss the following:

  • Post implementation of IFRS 9 — Classification and Measurement
  • Dynamic risk management
  • Rate-regulated activities
  • Maintenance and consistent application
  • Amendments to the Classification and Measurement of Financial Instruments
  • Goodwill and impairment
  • Business combinations under common control
  • Disclosure initiative — Subsidiaries without public accountability: Disclosures

The full agenda for the meeting can be found here. We will post any updates to the agenda, our com­pre­hen­sive pre-meet­ing summaries, as well as observer notes from the meeting on this page as they become available.

COP27 ISSB podcast

11 Nov, 2022

The ISSB has released a podcast about highlights from COP27.

The podcast covers:

  • ISSB announcements made at COP27;
  • support for scalability and proportionality and collaboration on capacity building;
  • preparedness of the global south in adopting standards;
  • discussion of the importance of African jurisdictions in establishing the global baseline; and
  • expectations over the next 12 months.

Please click to access the 15 minute podcast on the IFRS Foundation website.

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