Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR)

Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR)

Our services:

  • Evaluating the systems, functions, operations and allied activities in the organisation to assess the ‘scope and boundary’ for BRSR
  • Synchronisation of disclosure requirements of financial reporting standards (Ind AS) with the disclosure requirements enshrined under BRSR
  • Synchronisation of various regulatory and governance requirements under the SEBI-LODR/ PIT/ UTP Norms with the disclosure requirements enshrined under BRSR
  • Assisting the auditors (external or internal, as the case may be) in having a synchronised exchange of information vis-à-vis BRSR
  • Providing assurance on BRSR carried out by the companies

Background for BRSR:

  • Sustainability Reporting is an overview of a company’s economic, environmental and social impacts, caused by everyday business operations and activities.
  • There are various international and local frameworks used by organisations across the globe for their corporate sustainability reporting. In November 2018, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) constituted a Committee on Business Responsibility Reporting for finalising Business Responsibility Reporting formats for listed and unlisted companies, based on the framework of the National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct’ (NGRBCs).
  • In August 2020, the Committee addressed various aspects and issues that could improve the quality and utility of disclosures and recommended Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR) as an update on the existing Business Responsibility Reporting (BRR) to incorporate the current global practices in non-financial sustainability reporting based on the NGRBCs.
  • Through its ‘Report of the Committee on Business Responsibility Reporting’ (the Committee Report), the Committee recommended that BRR be rechristened BRSR, where disclosures are based on ESG parameters, compelling organisations to holistically engage with stakeholders and go beyond regulatory compliances in terms of business measures and their reporting.
  • Regulation 34(2)(f) of SEBI-LODR ~ Reporting is mandatory for the top 1,000 listed companies (by market capitalisation) from FY 2022–23, while disclosure is voluntary for FY 2021–22. Thus, the Committee Report encourages companies to report their performance for FY 2021–22 in order to be better prepared to adopt this framework from the FY 2022-23
  • As per SEBI’s circular dated 10 May 2021, entities already preparing and disclosing sustainability reports based on internationally accepted reporting frameworks (such as GRI, SASB, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) or <IR> may cross-refer to disclosures made under these frameworks.

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What is BRSR?

Sustainability Reporting is an emerging discipline encompassing the disclosure and communication of an entity’s non -financial – environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance and its overall impact. Over the last few years, more and more entities are now preparing and disclosing their sustainability reports either under a mandate or voluntarily as per the reporting frameworks/ standards provided by standard-setting bodies/ regulators.
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Foundation stone for BRSR

There are various international and local frameworks used by organisations across the globe for their corporate sustainability reporting. In November 2018, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) constituted a Committee on Business Responsibility Reporting for finalising Business Responsibility Reporting formats for listed and unlisted companies, based on the framework of the National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct’ (NGRBCs) . Note:   The existing format of BRR is based on ‘National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business’ (“NVGs”) issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”), Government of India.
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Key disclosures in BRSR

A few of the key disclosures sought in the BRSR are highlighted below: a. An overview of the entity’s material ESG risks and opportunities, approach to mitigate or adapt to the risks along-with financial implications of the same
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Role of Chartered Accountants in BRSR

“The focus on sustainable investing among equity market participants is expected to rise with more companies and countries implementing policies to meet ESG targets, particularly with respect to carbon emissions…….Stocks in Asia with high ESG scores on the MSCI are trading at a 40% premium to stocks with low ESG scores
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