UK unveils new sustainability disclosure standards

A new set of UK standards based on the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards are to be rolled out that will enable companies to flag any sustainability-related risks and opportunities that they face.

The UK Sustainability Disclosure Standards (SDS) have been published by the Department for Business and Trade and will be implemented by July 2024.

SDS will form the basis of any future requirements in the UK legislation or regulations for companies to report on risks and opportunities relating to sustainability, including climate change.

The aim of the new standards is to make information that companies disclose “globally comparable and decision-useful for investors,” facilitating the efficient allocation of capital and the smooth running of the UK’s capital markets.

Source- UK unveils new sustainability disclosure standards – Minerva-Manifest

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Prachurjya has over 16 years of experience in investment banking with Acuity Knowledge Partners. At Acuity, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams across Capital Markets, ESG, Debt Advisory, Loan Syndications, Metals & Mining and Real Estate. He has been actively involved in setting up and on-boarding new ESG Advisory, ESG DCM and Sustainable Finance teams for various bulge bracket investment banks. Within DCM and Rating Advisory, he has been instrumental in helping the clients achieve over 30% in annual savings on both regular and adhoc tasks through standardization of the outputs and deployment of our proprietary BEAT tools.

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