International Regulate December 2014

The new European Union (EU) directive on non-financial reporting will be welcome news for those hoping to see greater consistency in this area. The directive will require certain large companies to prepare a statement covering areas such as environmental matters, diversity and human rights. Whilst many large companies will be reporting on these metrics already, others may see this as an unwelcome additional regulatory burden.

Whatever anybody thinks, there is a growing number of preparers and investors who may be disappointed that the EU has missed a chance to take this legislation further. The increase in the popularity of Integrated Reporting shows no sign of slowing and it will be interesting to see if the EU’s stance alters before 2017.

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