We discuss the final European sustainability reporting standards, and refresh on the applicability, timing, and latest developments of the CSRD.
The European Union (EU) has ushered in a new era of sustainability reporting, as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) became effective in January 2023 and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) are now final. With impacts to both EU and non-EU headquartered companies, now is the time to understand the applicability and scope of these reporting requirements.
To launch our podcast miniseries on the CSRD, host Heather Horn is joined by Emily Kirsch, director in PwC’s sustainability practice, and Soné Beyers, director in PwC’s National Office, to provide a refresher course on the basic requirements and applicability of the EU’s sweeping sustainability reporting directive.
In this episode, you’ll hear discussion of:
  • 4:04 - Background and latest developments on the CSRD
  • 12:54 - The final set of 12 ESRS, which will be  effective starting in 2024
  • 15:36 - What companies are within the scope of the CSRD and required to follow ESRS
  • 21:32 - Key dates for CSRD effectiveness, scoping threshold applicability, and required reporting
  • 26:30 - Additional reporting requirements for non-EU parents of an EU subsidiary
  • 28:55 - Available reporting exemptions
  • 34:59 - Potential impacts from the ongoing transposition of the directive into member state laws
  • 37:35 - Recent developments regarding ESRS implementation guidance and forthcoming sector-specific standards from the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG)
  • 46:06 - Interoperability of other reporting frameworks and key takeaways

Looking for more information on the CSRD and other sustainability reporting frameworks? Check out our publications Worldwide impact of CSRD - are you ready? and Navigating the ESG landscape for further details. Additionally, follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app for future episodes in this CSRD spotlight series, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get all of our thought leadership, including an upcoming publication on EU sustainability regulations beyond the CSRD that impact non-EU companies, including the EU Taxonomy.
About our guests
Emily Kirsch is a director in PwC's sustainability practice focused on sustainability reporting and standard setting in the EU. She advises both public and private companies in navigating complex accounting and financial reporting topics during periods of change in an organization.
Soné Beyers is a director in PwC’s National Office with accounting experience in both professional services and academia. With a career spanning three continents, she has developed a strong background in IFRS reporting, which has extended to her current focus on global sustainability frameworks and standard setting in the EU.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
Transcripts available upon request for individuals who may need a disability-related accommodation. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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