Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report

What does it mean for the top 1,000 listed entities in India?

Disclosure requirements have leapfrogged globally in the last decade, holding companies accountable for their identification of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) responsibilities and their transparent incorporation in annual disclosures.

In line with these global developments, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), in its continued efforts to enhance disclosures on ESG standards, introduced new requirements for sustainability reporting by listed companies. The new reporting format named, Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report (BRSR), aims to establish links between the financial results of a business with its ESG performance. This can make it easier for regulators and investors, and allied stakeholders to obtain a fair estimate of overall business stability, growth and sustainability (hitherto based on financial disclosures alone). SEBI has mandated that the BRSR will be applicable to the top 1,000 listed entities (by market capitalisation) for reporting on a voluntary basis for FY2021–22 and on a mandatory basis from FY2022–23.

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