The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) is aimed at enhancing corporate transparency and accountability regarding sustainability matters. It seeks to standardise reporting requirements for companies operating within the EU, ensuring consistent and comparable disclosure of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information. The CSRD replaces the existing Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) with a more robust framework and an extended scope mandating listed entities and large companies to disclose detailed sustainability information in their annual reports. By promoting greater transparency and aligning reporting standards, the CSRD aims to drive sustainable business practices and facilitate informed decision-making for stakeholders.

If your business is impacted by the CSRD, taking these proactive steps can help ensure compliance and maximise the benefits of sustainability reporting. 

Here are some actions you should consider:

1.    Understand the requirements - Familiarise yourself with the CSRD and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) framework to understand the specific requirements applicable to your business.

2.    Develop a company profile - Scope the entities, activities and locations that need to be included in the CSRD report and the double materiality assessment.

3.    Consult stakeholders - Engage with internal and external stakeholders to gather input on sustainability priorities and performance metrics. This ensures that your reporting reflects the interests and concerns of key stakeholders.

4.    Determine double materiality – Assess your company’s impact on society and the environment. Also, assess which ESG factors will pose a financial risk or opportunity for your organisation.

5.    Conduct CSRD Gap analysis - Create a better understanding of the current state of sustainability performance and reporting practices. Identify any gaps that need to be addressed to meet the CSRD requirements.

6.    Develop a reporting strategy - Develop a comprehensive reporting strategy that outlines your approach to sustainability reporting, including timelines, responsibilities, and communication plans.

7.    Collect data - Establish robust data collection processes to gather relevant sustainability data across your organisation. This may involve collaborating with various departments to ensure comprehensive data capture.

8.    Monitor and review - Continuously monitor and review your sustainability performance and reporting practices to identify areas for improvement and ensure ongoing compliance with CSRD requirements.

9.    Invest in technology - Consider investing in sustainability reporting software or tools to streamline data collection, analysis, and reporting processes. These tools can help improve efficiency and accuracy.

10.    Train employees and appoint dedicated staff - Provide training and awareness programs for employees to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting sustainability reporting efforts. Also, consider hiring dedicated staff with expertise in sustainability reporting to guide your efforts and ensure compliance with CSRD- requirements.
By taking these actions, businesses can effectively navigate the requirements of CSRD and leverage sustainability reporting as a tool for driving positive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) outcomes while enhancing transparency and accountability.

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Ruben Harding
Manager Sustainability & Strategy