The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) and International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) welcome the report released today by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on developing a global assurance framework for sustainability-related corporate reporting. The IOSCO report reflects extensive research and feedback from key stakeholders. The report calls for timely development of ethics and assurance standards for sustainability reporting by the IESBA and the IAASB, respectively.
The IESBA and the IAASB have responded to growing demand for high-quality assurance over sustainability-related information to enhance the reliability of corporate reporting by prioritizing their projects to develop relevant and complementary standards. Both the IESBA and IAASB will issue public consultations later this year on standards for sustainability ethics and assurance, respectively. Both boards plan to finalize their respective standards in 2024. IOSCO called for widespread outreach to ensure the standards meet the needs of users and benefit from diverse stakeholder input, among other recommendations. Both boards emphasize their commitment to address key considerations and recommendations presented in the IOSCO report.
Commenting on the IOSCO report, Gabriela Figueiredo Dias, IESBA chair, stated, “We appreciate IOSCO's leadership in coordinating global consistency in sustainability assurance. The ethics standards that the IESBA is developing aim at supporting a robust ethical and independent approach to sustainability reporting and assurance in the public interest. We are involving all stakeholders at an early stage through global and inclusive consultation. We will continue to work collaboratively with IOSCO and other stakeholders to support a globally coordinated approach to ethics and assurance for sustainability reporting.”
Tom Seidenstein, IAASB chair, added, “We share the sense of urgency highlighted in IOSCO’s report, are on track to delivering a high-quality standard on time, and embrace the report’s call for an inclusive process. Our efforts will include outreach to a wide range of stakeholders to ensure our standards are of high quality, meet the needs of users, and are profession-agnostic. The IAASB will intensify external outreach in the second half of 2023 in conjunction with the publication of a draft sustainability assurance standard.”
About the IESBA
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants serves the public interest by setting ethics standards, including independence requirements, to underpin ethical behavior in the production, reporting and assurance of financial and non-financial information. Along with the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, the IESBA is part of the International Foundation for Ethics and Audit. The Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) oversees IESBA and IAASB activities and the public interest responsiveness of the standards. For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please visit Permissions.
About the IAASB
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board develops auditing, assurance, related services, and quality management standards and guidance in the public interest that support consistent performance of quality engagements. Along with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, the IAASB is part of the International Foundation for Ethics and Audit. The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees IAASB and IESBA activities and the public interest responsiveness of the standards. For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please visit Permissions.