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03.11.2021

UK welcomes work to develop global sustainability reporting standards alongside 40 international partners

UK government joins 40 international partners from 6 continents to welcome the establishment of the IFRS Foundation’s new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) at COP26.

Leaders committed to review progress annually, starting in 2022, supported by a report led by the IEA, working with IRENA and the UN High Level Action The IFRS Foundation has announced the establishment of an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) to develop comprehensive global baseline sustainability reporting standards under robust governance and public oversight. The IFRS Foundation confirmed consolidation of two sustainability reporting organisations, the Value Reporting Foundation and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, to create a global standard-setter for sustainability disclosures for the capital markets.

The Foundation also published two prototype standards to enable the ISSB to rapidly build on existing frameworks, including the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), when developing its standards. Standards will be subject to full public consultation and can be considered for adoption by jurisdictions on a voluntary basis. Jurisdictions will have their own legal frameworks for adopting, applying or otherwise making use of international standards.

Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from 40 jurisdictions (see below) from 6 continents joined the UK in publicly welcoming the announcement of the establishment of the ISSB and its work programme to develop a set of internationally consistent, high-quality, and reliable baseline standards for disclosure of sustainability-related information on enterprise value creation.

List of Finance Ministers

Australia
Brazil (Central Bank Governor)
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Egypt
Ethiopia
European Commission
Fiji
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
South Korea
Luxembourg
Maldives
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Paraguay
Philippines
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Tonga
Turkey
UK
Uruguay
USA