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Recent sustainability reporting developments

23 May 2018

A summary of recent developments at the WBCSD, TCFD/CDSB, CDSB, ICAEW, UNEP FI, and GRI.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched the Social and Human Capital Coalition, designed to help companies recognise, measure and value the importance of people and communities. As part of the launch, the Coalition is also opening the Social and Human Capital Protocol for public consultation until 16 June 2018. Please click for more information on the WBCSD website.

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) have launched the TCFD Knowledge Hub – a platform with relevant insights, tools and resources to help organisations implement the TCFD recommendations. The TCFD Knowledge Hub is the first online platform to provide useful information on quality climate-related disclosures in line with the recommendations of the Task Force. Please click to access the hub here.

The CDSB has also published an introduction to scenario analysis, tips, pitfalls and insights as scenario analysis presents one of the biggest challenges organisations are facing when reporting climate information following the TCFD recommendations. Please click to access the introduction to scenario analysis on the CDSB website.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has produced a practical guide Reporting on climate risks and opportunities. The guide is designed to help organisations considering how best to implement the TCFD recommendations which focus on communicating the financial impact of climate change on reporting organisations. The guide is available on the ICAEW website.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has published Connecting Finance and Natural Capital: A Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol. The supplement is a tool for financial institutions to assess how their business is impacted by, and depends upon the natural world. Please click to access the supplement on the UNEP FI website.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has published an article sharing the process that the organisation underwent when writing its own sustainability report, the problems that came up along the way, and the solutions that were found. The article is available on the GRI website.

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IASB to explore how technological disruption may influence the outcome of its projects

22 May 2018

As it has become clear that massive changes in relation to technology will have an impact upon accounting and corporate reporting, the IASB is looking for a 'Technology Principal' who will be responsible for "a group of projects related to the effect of technology on financial reporting and standard-setting".

There have been repeated calls in the past for the IASB to consider how technological developments can be used to overcome problems or find solutions for issues with projects on its agenda. The principles of disclosure project and the perceived "disclosure overload" immediately spring to mind, as does the primary financial statements project. The more general field of wider corporate reporting, which the IASB is aiming to address through updating the Management Commentary Practice Statement, would also offer itself.

It seems that the IASB is set to actively explore opportunities arising from technological disruption as the job description includes research into the possible effects of new and emerging technology on the delivery and consumption of financial information including likely impact on standard-setting as well as the education of the Board on relevant new technologies. Threats the IASB might be facing from changes in technology are also included among the responsibilities.

The full job description is available on the IASB website.

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Pre-meeting summaries for the May IASB meeting

17 May 2018

The IASB will meet for a two-day meeting on 22-23 May 2018. 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.

There are seven topics on the agenda.

Tuesday 22 May

the Board will discuss the Primary Financial Statements project, focusing on aggregation and disaggregation of line items in the financial statements, criteria to help entities determine whether to analyse expenses by function or by nature and some remaining issues in relation to management performance measures (MPMs) and earnings per share (adjusted EPS) from the April 2018 Board meeting.

Wednesday 23 May

The Board will discuss disclosure initiative and an initial discussion of the development of guidance for the Board to use when developing and drafting disclosure objectives and requirements.

The staff will continue its analysis of Business Combinations under Common Control and what they describe as the Full Fair Value and Ceiling approaches.

For the project on Rate-regulated Activities the discussion moves on to consider how regulatory assets that are recognised in the model should be measured.

The Board will be asked to decide the form of consultation document that should be issued as the next step in the project on Goodwill and Impairment. The Board had asked the staff to provide it with some additional analysis when it considered this in April.

The Board will consider whether it needs to amend an illustrative example in relation to lease incentives that is included in the material accompanying IFRS 16 Leases.

For Insurance Contracts the Board will be given a summary of the Transition Resource Group held on 2 May and a report on implementation challenges.

More in­for­ma­tion

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

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ECON exchange of views with EFRAG dominated by IFRS 17 issues

17 May 2018

The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament welcomed representatives of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) today for a hearing, which took place while EFRAG is working on its draft endorsement advice on IFRS 17 'Insurance Contracts' and ECON is working on a draft motion for a resolution.

After a short introduction by EFRAG President Jean-Paul Gauzès who highlighted EFRAG's current efforts in connection with developing the draft endorsement advice (expected in September 2018, with a final endorsement advice expected in December 2018) and mentioned case studies, structured interviews, independent research, and briefing papers, the Parliamentarians raised a number of questions.

  • Content of the standard. The standard itself was generally agreed to bring significant improvements to the accounting for insurance contracts; questions on the content were more related to detailed aspects. One question was for example on the level of aggregation and whether a high level of aggregation would lead to a loss of information, another one whether bank insurers have a problem with the compatibility of IFRS 9 and IFRS 17. The level of aggregation was acknowledged to be an issue where a trade-off has to be achieved; bank insurers were reported to be satisfied with deferring the application of IFRS 9 until 2021.
  • Complexity and costs. There was also general agreement that the standard is complex (one Parliamentarian claimed that IFRS 17 is more complex for insurers than IFRS 9 was for banks) and that the costs for implementing it will be significant. In that context the question came up whether implementing the standard by 2021 was feasible. As regards the complexity and resulting costs, the EFRAG representatives shared the concern and stated that they would look in depth into the issue and the balance between the costs (mostly to the insurers) and the benefits (mostly to the investors). They warned that this might lead to having to compare quantitative information with qualitative information. The 2021 implementation date was acknowledged to become a topic of increasing discussion even though 3.5 years was considered to be generous and even though many insurers are signaling that they will be ready in time.
  • Impact. It was asked whether the introduction of IFRS 17 would lead to changes in insurance products and prices. It was also noted that the United States do not apply IFRSs and would therefore not adopt IFRS 17 - would this pose a problem? The EFRAG representatives replied that insurers had so far signaled that products and prices would not change as a result of the application of IFRS 17. They also noted that while the United States are not on IFRSs they are working on an insurance project that "points in the same direction" regarding some important aspects. EFRAG would look closely into competition consequences.
  • General. The EFRAG representatives were asked how many insurers had chosen to defer the application of IFRS 9 until 2021. The EFRAG President noted that he did not have any numbers yet but was expecting more information "in the coming weeks". It was also asked which jurisdictions saw the most resistance against IFRS 17. Again, the EFRAG President did not give a direct answer but treated the Parliamentarians to some private thoughts on national characteristics making out three groups of countries: those who are happy with general rules, those who are "word obsessed", and those who grumble first but then simply apply what has been decided.

A recording of the meeting is available on the ECON website. Please note that the recording covers the whole morning, which also saw the discussion of other topics. The exchange of views with EFRAG begins 1 hour and 50 minutes into the recording.

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CMAC call for members

16 May 2018

The IASB's Capital Markets Advisory Committee (CMAC) is currently seeking applications for membership after the terms of a number of members expire at the end of 2018.

The CMAC is a group of professional financial analysts who meet three times a year with members of the IASB to provide the views of professional investors on financial reporting issues.

For more information, see the press release on the IASB's website.

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IFRS Foundation Annual Report 2017

14 May 2018

The IFRS Foundation has published its Annual Report for 2017, titled 'Financial reporting for the world economy'.

The report for 2017 provides an overview of the IFRS Foun­da­tion’s ac­tiv­i­ties during the past year and sets out the Foun­da­tion’s and IASB’s priorities for 2018.

For more information, see the press release and annual report on the IASB’s website.

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May 2018 IASB meeting agenda posted

11 May 2018

The IASB has posted the agenda for its next meeting, which will be held at its offices in London on 22–23 May 2018. There are seven topics on the agenda.

The Board will discuss the following:

  • Primary financial statements:
    • Results from NSS disaggregation survey
    • Additional proposals on aggregation and disaggregation
    • Staff proposals on analysis of expenses
    • Outstanding issues on management performance measures (MPMs) and adjusted EPS
  • Disclosure initiative — disclosure objectives
  • Business combinations under common control
  • Rate-regulated activities — measurement
  • Goodwill and impairment
  • Implementation of lease incentives (IFRS 16)
  • Insurance contracts:
    • Summary of the TRG for IFRS 17 meeting held in May 2018
    • TRG for IFRS 17 submissions
    • TRG for IFRS 17 implementation challenges

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.

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IFRS Interpretations Committee holds May 2018 meeting

11 May 2018

The IFRS Interpretations Committee met via video conference call on Wednesday 9 May 2018. We have posted Deloitte observer notes for the technical issues discussed during this meeting.

The Committee discussed two issues.

The accounting when an entity makes a voluntary payment to a tax authority in relation to a disputed amount was discussed initially in March. The paper includes a discussion on how the staff thinks the IAS 8 hierarchy should be applied when there is conflict between a definition in the new Conceptual Framework and a definition in IFRS Standards (and in the version of the Framework it is replacing). That matter will be taken back to the IASB.

The new issue relates to the Venezuelan Bolivar and its lack of exchangeability. This was a preliminary discussion on how, or whether, the Committee should respond. It will come back to the next meeting.

The staff also discussed work in progress.

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

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Overview of proposed IAS 8 amendments

11 May 2018

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published a short overview of the exposure draft 'Accounting Policy Changes (Proposed amendments to IAS 8)'.

The proposed amendments would introduce a new threshold that requires a company to consider the expected benefits to users of financial statements and the cost to the company of applying accounting policy changes that result from IFRS Interpretation Committe agenda decisions retrospectively.

Please click to access the eight page overview on the IASB website.

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Insurance contracts transition resource group holds second technical meeting

11 May 2018

The Transition Resource Group (TRG) for Insurance Contracts held its second technical meeting on 2 May 2018.

The purpose of the TRG is to seek feedback on potential issues related to implementation of IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts. During the meeting, the TRG discussed the following:

  • Combination of insurance contracts
  • Determining the risk adjustment for non-financial risk in a group of entities
  • Cash flows within the contract boundary
  • Boundary of reinsurance contracts held with repricing mechanisms
  • Determining the quantity of benefits for identifying coverage units
  • Implementation challenges outreach report
  • Reporting on other questions submitted

A summary on the meeting and audio recordings of each session are available on the TRG meeting page on the IASB’s website. For more information, see Deloitte's related IFRS in Focus newsletter.

In addition, see the meeting summary and listen to the podcast on the IASB's website.

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