Companies, investors and professional accountants add their voices to the call for global alignment between sustainability reporting standard setters and frameworks

Published: 30 Aug 2022
Type: News
  • 65 organizations today endorse a joint statement calling for stronger alignment of regulatory and standard-setting efforts around sustainability disclosure. 
  • They encourage major actors, including the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) to continue to work closely together.  
  • Capital market participants are supportive of establishing a global baseline of sustainability disclosure requirements, on top of which local jurisdictions can add their own interoperable reporting requirements. 
  • Find the full text of the endorsed statement here.

GENEVA, LONDON, NEW YORK, 30 August 2022 – Sixty-five companies, investors and professional accounting firms from across the world add their voices to the call for major standard-setting efforts to more closely align with and support a global baseline for reporting sustainability-related information. 

The endorsed statement was developed jointly by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). In addition to formal consultation responses, this public statement makes clear the momentum and encouragement behind stronger alignment between sustainability standard-setting efforts.  

Significant efforts by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the European Commission together with the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), all aim to address the need to enhance and evolve corporate reporting to include and consider sustainability information. However, current draft standards and initiatives are not technically compatible in terms of concepts, terminologies and metrics.   

As these proposed sustainability-related disclosure requirements are refined and finalized, leading financial market participants are asking financial market regulators to avoid regulatory and standard setting fragmentation by aligning on key concepts, terminologies and metrics on which disclosure requirements are built.

A comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures is required for reporting entities to avoid undue burden and for investors to make investment decisions that truly contribute to sustainable outcomes.  

A globally consistent, comparable, reliable, and assurable corporate reporting system is indispensable in providing all stakeholders with a clear and accurate picture of an organization’s ability to create sustainable value over time.

The endorsed statement released today is signed by:

Achmea Investment Management


Arçelik Global

Assicurazioni Generali

Ayala Corporation

Baloise Asset Management

BCSD Taiwan X Taiwan Sustainable Finance Platform


Beach Point Capital Management

Borealis Group

Boston Trust Walden

Brunel Pension Partnership

Bühler Group                                                                                               

Calvert Research and Management


Dalton Investments

Dana Investment Advisors

DBS Group

de Pury Pictet Terrettini


Desjardins Global Asset Management


East Capital Group


EFG Asset Management


ENI S.p.A.

Equitile Investments

Ernst & Young Global Limited

Etica Funds – Responsible Investments

Future Super

GAM Investments

Grant Thornton International, Ltd.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

HÖ Sabanci Holding

Holcim Ltd

Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Ingka Group

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario


KPMG International

Lyrical Asset Management

Mercedes-Benz Group AG


Newton Investment Management

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

Octagon Credit Investors

Öhman Fonder

Olam Food Ingredients

Pegaso Pension Fund

Perennial Investment Management



Rathbones Group

Resona Asset Management

Responsible Investment Association Australia

Royal DSM



Shell plc

STAR Capital Partnership

Swisscanto by Zürcher Kantonalbank

Tareno AG

Webster Equity Partners

Wespath Benefits and Investments

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