In 2018, under the Management and Transparency Learning Network, CSR Europe organised two working groups on non-financial reporting and investor engagement, promoting the integration of sustainability in management systems and reporting practices.
Following direct engagement with members on current trends (Directive 2014/95/EU and EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan), CSR Europe launched the two working groups to guide companies towards more integrated and mature sustainability management systems. By bringing members, experts and policymakers together to discuss, compare and dive into practical and detailed information on non-financial disclosure and investor engagement, CSR Europe allowed its corporate members and national partner organisations to gain insights into how they can move forward in their sustainability journey.
The identification of key challenges that hinder the path to a fully sustainable economy in Europe was a key outcome of the working groups:
- Ensuring top management (not only CEOs, but also CFOs) are committed - and dedicate resources - to reporting and engaging investors;
- Effectively assessing the social impact of corporate activities;
- Lack of clarity around the abundant reporting frameworks available for companies to communicate their ESG impact to stakeholders (including investors).
- Risks of not engaging with investors (reputational risks, losing customers and access to capital, to name a few).
2019 will be dedicated to supporting CSR Europe members in overcoming the key challenges of disclosing non-financial information and engaging investors. This will be carried out through CSR Europe’s new Community of Practice for fair and transparent markets, bringing experts and peers together through a series of webinars, podcasts, roundtables and workshops. Our first webinar, on 21st February, will focus on social impact assessment. Stay tuned to find out more about the future steps of this new Community of Practice!