Sustainability reporting provides an overview of the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts, caused by an entity’s activities.
The External Reporting Board are currently developing a voluntary, non-financial reporting framework for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Developing a non-financial reporting framework for Aotearoa New Zealand
Project overview: Ngā pou o te kawa ora
Ngā pou o te kawa ora refers to the pillars that are the principles of life and is the name of the project that aims to establish a voluntary, non-financial reporting framework from an Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.
Why we’re developing this framework
Traditional financial reporting frameworks limit the ability for entities to demonstrate value and impact beyond monetary perspectives. The ability for entities to demonstrate the impact they are having on current and future generations and convey this in a way that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand is also hindered by traditional financial reporting frameworks.
As New Zealand’s standard setter, we want to respond to this by developing a reporting framework that will increase transparency and provide entities with a consistent and comparable way of reporting non-financial matters.
A non-financial reporting framework has the potential to create immense value for reporting entities and their shareholders. This includes:
Increased trust and transparency
Better information for decision-making and/or allocating resources
Maintaining a social licence to operate
Who will the framework be used by
The XRB intends for this framework to be available for all entities in Aotearoa New Zealand to voluntarily adopt and apply.
Developing the framework - an evolution not a revolution
There are no preconceived ideas of what this framework will look like. Because many Māori organisations already apply an intergenerational lens to their strategy and operations, development of the framework will initially be informed through a series of wānanga with Māori reporting entities. The mahi will be highly explorative and collaborative and will ultimately include input from a range of Māori and non-Māori reporting entities and stakeholders across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Wānanga were held beginning in September 2022 and continued through to April 2023. This helped us develop a draft to start testing.
The XRB is currently finalising a BETA version internally and is aiming to test this with technical advisors in the later months of 2023.