Sustainability reporting is becoming increasingly important for today's society and for company’s stakeholders. Organizations are expected to disclose a comprehensive set of sustainability information and metrics that measure their sustainability performance towards targets. In addition, they must be transparent when communicating this to the key stakeholders of the company. This requires the disclosure of reliable information on how sustainability targets were or were not achieved, in accordance with international guidelines and standards (GRI, IIRC, CDP, etc.). Stakeholders, including investors, are increasingly requesting robust and qualitative sustainability data and information to base their economic decisions on.
For a lot of companies, reporting on their sustainability performance is a challenge. As the information is disclosed publicly, in many cases embedded in the annual report, organizations must ensure that their corporate reporting is complete, accurate and relevant.
KPMG provides independent assurance on sustainability metrics and compliance with reporting frameworks of organizations. The assured subject matter may relate to historical information, management systems or behavior and is usually reported in a CR, Sustainability, Environmental Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social or Health and Safety Environment Report or may appear in an organization’s (financial) annual report. Assurance on this kind of information is performed using an internationally recognized assurance standard: the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000, Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information.
Our sustainability assurance professionals can ensure the completeness and accuracy of environmental, social and governance information and indicators disclosed in the organizations' corporate reports. Prior to moving into an assurance process, it is recommended to perform a readiness assessment and analyze which areas are ready or not yet ready for reporting and/or assurance and need further improvement.
Once the selected subjects and indicators are ready for assurance, we use the following approach:
- Obtain an impression of sustainability management
- Assess the robustness of the sustainability data management systems, including internal control mechanisms for selected parameters
- Verify the completeness, accuracy, and comparability of the data reported for selected parameters and information
- Support management with recommendations for improvement of sustainability management and reporting
This method of planning and performing allows us to obtain sufficient and appropriate assurance evidence for our conclusion. KPMG issues an independent assurance report on the relevant sustainability subjects and related key performance indicators. In addition to issuing an assurance statement, we make recommendations for future improvements – based on our own findings and the developments that we see in the market – because it is ultimately about improving performance, and not just about reporting.
How we can help
Experienced and skilled KPMG assurance professionals can provide the following services to ensure the quality and robustness of your data and information to be reported:
- Assurance of key performance indicators, sustainability information and compliance with reporting frameworks
- Readiness assessment of key performance indicators and sustainability reporting