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2019

IOSCO statement on disclosure of ESG matters by issuers

21 Jan 2019

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published a statement setting out the importance for issuers of considering the inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters when disclosing information material to investors' decisions.

The statement notes that IOSCO Principle 16 states that issuers should provide full, accurate, and timely disclosure of financial results, risk, and other information which is material to investors’ decisions. In this context, the IOSCO statement emphasises that ESG matters, though sometimes characterised as non-financial, may have a material short-term and long-term impact on the business operations of the issuers as well as on risks and returns for investors and their investment and voting decisions. Therefore, statement notes:

IOSCO encourages issuers to consider the materiality of ESG matters to their business and to assess risks and opportunities in light of their business strategy and risk assessment methodology. When ESG matters are considered to be material, issuers should disclose the impact or potential impact on their financial performance and value creation. In doing so, issuers also are encouraged to give insight into the governance and oversight of ESG-related material risks.

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

Additional educational modules on the IFRS for SMEs on investment property and revenue

18 Jan 2019

The IFRS Foundation has issued two new stand-alone educational modules, which support the learning, application, and reading of financial statements prepared with the IFRS for SMEs.

The modules focus on the requirements for accounting and reporting of investment property and of revenue applying the following sections of the IFRS for SMEs:

  • Section 16 Investment Property
  • Section 23 Revenue

Please click to access all 29 IFRS for SMEs modules available so far (free registration required).

Pre-meeting summaries for the January IASB meeting

17 Jan 2019

The IASB will meet at its offices in London on Wednesday 23 January 2019. We have posted our pre-meeting summaries for the meeting that allow you to follow the IASB’s decision making more closely. For each topic to be discussed, we summarise the agenda papers made available by the IASB staff and point out the main issues to be discussed by the IASB and the staff recommendations.

The Board will continue to assess concerns and implementation challenges raised by stakeholders about the requirements in IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts. At this meeting the Board will consider four issues: insurance acquisition cash flows for renewals outside the contract boundary; reinsurance contracts held—onerous underlying insurance contracts; reinsurance contracts held—underlying insurance contracts with direct participation features; and recognition of the contractual service margin in profit or loss in the general model. In all cases the staff is recommending that the Board propose amendments to IFRS 17.  

The staff is recommending that the Board proceed with the publication of an Exposure Draft to amend IAS 12 Income Taxes, in relation to the deferred tax on assets and liabilities arising from a single transaction. 

The staff will also give oral updates on the projects on Rate-regulated Activities and Extractive Activities.

More information

Our pre-meeting summaries are available on our January meeting note page and will be supplemented with our popular meeting notes after the meeting.

Forum on integrated thinking at the World Economic Forum in Davos

17 Jan 2019

While sustainable profit flows from the pursuit of a broader social purpose, translating it into something that is measurable in as simple and understandable way as we measure profit is not a small challenge. Metrics that explain this remain the ‘soft underbelly' of corporate communications.

Among Deloitte's WEF Davos activities is therefore a breakfast forum on Inclusive Capitalism on Thurday 24 January from 7:30 to 8:30 CET.

Panellists Mary Shapiro (Bloomberg/SASB Foundation), Mark Hawkins (Salesforce), Nils Bolmstrand (Nordea Asset Management AB), and Jessica Fries (A4S) will discuss how capital market participants can come together to make the world's financial systems more resilient for achieving sustainable value creation and long-term societal well-being. The discussion will be chaired by Deloitte's Global Chairman David Cruickshank.

Please click for more information on Deloitte's WEF Davos activities including the breakfast forum. All livestream events can be followed through Twitter and Facebook. and the events will also be available for subsequent playback.

IFRS Interpretations Committee holds January 2019 meeting

17 Jan 2019

The IFRS Interpretations Committee met via video and audio conference call on Wednesday 16 January 2019. We have posted Deloitte observer notes for the technical issues discussed during this meeting.

Agenda decisions to finalise

The Committee decided to finalise four tentative agenda decisions:

  • IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets: concluding that a voluntarily payment made by an entity to a tax authority in relation to a disputed assessment (to avoid possible penalties or interest) is an asset
  • IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers: concluding that fees for admitting an entity to a stock exchange and fees for an ongoing listing service relate to only one service
  • IAS 27 Separate Financial Statements: concluding that when an entity loses control of a subsidiary as a result of disposing some of its interest, an entity can elect to measure the retained interest at FVOCI and any gain or loss on initial disposal is presented in profit or loss
  • IAS 27 Separate Financial Statements: concluding that the cost of a subsidiary acquired in stages can be either the fair value of the tranches (as deemed cost) or the sum of the consideration actually paid

The final agenda decisions, which set out the particular circumstances that led to these conclusions, will be published in IFRIC Update.

Other work in progress

The Committee will discuss feedback on tentative agenda decisions in relation to the application of the highly probable requirement in a cash flow hedge relationship and the recognition of a lease liability by a joint operator at a future meeting.  

The staff are working on potential amendments to IAS 21 The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates to provide more guidance when a spot exchange rate is not observable.

The staff are analysing requests in relation to (a) whether an entity applies IFRS 16 Leases or IAS 38 Intangible Assets to a contract that gives it rights to space below the ground for a period of time; and (b) whether the right to potential discounts affects the classification of an entity’s pension plan as defined benefit or defined contribution.

More information

Please click to access the detailed notes taken by Deloitte observers for the entire meeting.

Additional educational modules on the IFRS for SMEs on provisions and contingencies and on employee benefits available

16 Jan 2019

The IFRS Foundation has issued two new stand-alone educational modules, which support the learning, application, and reading of financial statements prepared with the IFRS for SMEs Standard.

The modules focus on the requirements for accounting and reporting of provisions and contingencies and of employee benefits applying the following sections of the IFRS for SMEs:

  • Section 21 Provisions and Contingencies
  • Section 28 Employee Benefits

Please click to access all 27 IFRS for SMEs modules available so far (free registration required).

January 2019 IASB meeting agenda posted

14 Jan 2019

The IASB has posted the agenda for its next meeting, which will be held at its offices in London on 23 January 2019. There are four topics on the agenda, including another set of potential amendments to IFRS 17.

The Board will discuss the following:

  • Amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts
    • Insurance acquisition cash flows for renewals outside the contract boundary
    • Reinsurance contracts held
    • Recognition of the contractual service margin in profit or loss in the general model
  • Extractive Activities
  • Rate Regulated Activities
  • Implementation Matters
    • IFRIC Update
    • Deferred tax related to assets and liabilities arising from a single transaction (Amendments to IAS 12)

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.

IASB to consider further potential amendments to IFRS 17

11 Jan 2019

At its upcoming meeting, the IASB will discuss 5 of the 25 concerns regarding IFRS 17 'Insurance Contracts' that were identified in October 2018 as candidates for potential amendments. The staff recommends several amendments to the standard.

Applying the criteria for evaluating proposed amendments agreed on in October 2018, the Board is asked to consider the following aspects of IFRS 17:

Issue

Agenda paper with detailed description (link to IASB website)

Comment

Acquisition cash flows for renewals outside the contract boundary

Agenda paper 2A

The staff recommends five amendments to the standard

Reinsurance contracts held: initial recognition when underlying insurance contracts are onerous

Agenda paper 2B, Agenda paper 2C

The staff recommends two amendments to the standard

Contractual service margin: limited applicability of risk mitigation exception (some aspects already discussed at the December 2018 meeting)

Agenda paper 2D The staff recommends one amendment to the standard

Reinsurance contracts held: ineligibility for the variable fee approach

Contractual service margin: coverage units in the general model

Agenda paper 2E

The staff recommends six amendments to the standard

The staff notes that papers on the remaining topics from the list of issues presented at the October meeting will be presented to the Board in the first quarter of 2019.

Additional educational modules on the IFRS for SMEs on share-based payment and on concepts and pervasive principles

11 Jan 2019

The IFRS Foundation has issued two additional new stand-alone educational modules, which support the learning, application, and reading of financial statements prepared with the IFRS for SMEs Standard.

The modules focus on the general requirements for presenting share-based payment transactions applying Section 26 Share-based Payment and on the concepts (Section 2) that underlie financial statements prepared in accordance with the of the IFRS for SMEs.

Please click to access all 25 IFRS for SMEs modules available so far (free registration required).

EC expert group issues report on disclosure of climate-related information

10 Jan 2019

The Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance set up by the European Commission (EC) has published its first report on companies' disclosure of climate-related information. It contains recommendations that will allow the EC to update its non-binding guidelines on non-financial reporting with specific reference to climate-related information, in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) established by the Financial Stability Board.

The report marks another step in the implementation of the EC's action plan on sustainable finance published in March 2018 and follows up on the EC's legislative proposal on the disclosure of climate-related information presented in May 2018.

The report contains proposals for disclosing not just how climate change might influence the performance of a company, but also the impact of the company itself on climate change.

The guidance proposed in the report intends to assist companies in developing high quality climate-related disclosures that comply with the Non-Financial Reporting Directive and address the recommendations of the TCFD. Specific disclosures and guidance are described under each element of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive requirements, including metrics for all in-scope companies, for non-financial companies, and for banks and insurance companies. In doing so, the report distinguishes between three types of disclosure:

  • Type 1 disclosures – those that companies should disclose (high expectation that all reporting companies disclose them)
  • Type 2 disclosures – those that companies should consider disclosing (expected of companies with significant exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities)
  • Type 3 disclosures – those that companies may consider disclosing (additional or innovative disclosures that provide more enhanced information)

The EC will take the report into consideration when it updates the non-binding guidelines on non-financial disclosure that accompany the Non-Financial Reporting Directive.

Stakeholders are invited to provide with written comments on the report by 1 February 2019.

Please click to access the Report on Climate-related Disclosures on the EC website.

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