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Blogs 9 apr 2023

Familiar with CSRD, the new reporting requirement on sustainability?

The goal of the Green Deal is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. EU legislation requires all large companies and all listed companies to disclose information on their risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental issues, and on the effects of their activities on people and the environment.
In this context, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) came into force on Jan. 5, 2023. This new directive requires companies to report on the impact of business activities on the environment and society, and requires the audit (assurance) of reported information. To ensure that Madaster users can comply with reporting obligations such as the CSRD, the platform is continuously being improved and extended with new functionalities. Our Product Manager David Parker updates you on the CSRD and how Madaster anticipates it.

How do you know if the CSRD directive applies to you?

The CSRD applies to roughly 49,000 companies that meet at least two of the following criteria: more than 250 employees; more than €40 million in annual turnover; or more than €20 million in total assets.

To what extent is this directive related to the EU Taxonomy?

The CSRD and the EU Taxonomy are both mandatory annual reporting for any company which meet at least two of the criteria previously mentioned. While they are both reporting requirements, they have one key difference: the CSRD requires a company to set and measure against its own sustainability targets (no matter how ambitious), while the EU Taxonomy requires a company to measure against the very ambitious targets established by the Taxonomy’s technical screening criteria.

What exactly does the CSRD entail?

The reporting requirements of the CSRD refer to European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), which are being prepared by European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG). The draft ESRS include various reporting requirements for a company’s environmental, social, and governance impacts.

Can Madaster customers soon comply with this reporting requirement?

Madaster is actively building new ESG reporting functionality that will enable large companies to report on both the CSRD’s and EU Taxonomy’s circular economy requirements for to new construction and renovation projects. The new functionality is planned to be release in the 2nd half of 2023.  

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