As part of its intensive outreach campaign across the globe, the IAASB has heard requests from a range of stakeholders to provide additional information on materiality matters to better help them navigate the recently proposed International Standard on Sustainability Assurance (ISSA) 5000, General Requirements for Sustainability Assurance Engagements. Accordingly, a comprehensive set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), The Application of Materiality by the Entity and the Assurance Practitioner, has been developed.
The FAQ compilation addresses a variety of questions, including how the concept of materiality applies to sustainability reporting and assurance; the definition of double materiality; and how an assurance practitioner considers an organization’s “materiality process” during a sustainability assurance engagement, among other questions and answers.
The comment period for proposed ISSA 5000 is open until December 1, 2023. To promote broad and diverse participation in the ongoing public consultation, the IAASB has developed a Stakeholder Survey, which may be especially useful for stakeholders wishing to share less technical or overall feedback, and a Response Template.
For further details and updates, visit the IAASB website: iaasb.org/ISSA5000