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4 June, ”Non-financial information disclosure: towards a more sustainable and comparable corporate reporting regime?”co-hosted by MEPs Howitt and Baldassarre , EP Brussels, co-organised by ACCA, Aviva and Eurosif


07 May 2013


EU Priorities 2020
Euro & Finance

Transparency, consistency and comparability in the social and environmental information accompanying company financial statements are increasingly seen as important in terms of strengthening the trust of investors and stakeholders in those companies. 

Useful sustainability reporting guidelines and principles at international level are already being implemented successfully by leading companies, but to gain traction, many have suggested that these systems need to be supported by a clear legal framework. At EU level, some Member States have already introduced legislative disclosure provisions that go beyond the current European requirements. As a result, the legal frameworks vary to a great extent across the EU, which can lead to a lack of consistency of reporting practices and make benchmarking between companies difficult.

To reduce this asymmetry and its potential impact on the Single Market, the European Commission, as announced in its 2011 Single Market Act Communication, is looking at how to improve the disclosure regime of non-financial information by companies in the EU, and with this in mind published in April 2013 an amendment to the Fourth and Seventh Company Law Directive in order to improve the transparency of certain large companies. The Fourth Company law Directive was already amended in 2003 to require companies to include information relating to environmental and employee matters in their annual report, but according to the EU executive, the current provision proved to leave a too broad discretion to companies when deciding whether or not to include sustainability information in their reports. 

MEPs Richard Howitt and Raffaele Baldassarre are therefore delighted to invite you to what promise to be a  lively debate at a high level multi-stakeholder roundtable jointly organised by Aviva, ACCA and Eurosif, entitled Non-financial information disclosure: towards a more sustainable and comparable corporate reporting regime? on 4 June 2013, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

A distinguished line-up of experts from diverse horizons will first of all present the newly published Directive on non-financial disclosure and exchange views on the potential impact of the various proposals for companies and their stakeholders. The second panel will enlarge the debate and discuss the way forward for corporate reporting.

RSVP by 27 May  to (late registration will not be accepted, the security rules of the European Parliament are strict).