ISSB makes Scope 3 emission disclosure mandatory
It’s official: The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) makes Scope 3 emission disclosure mandatory by voting to include it in its new standard for corporate sustainability disclosure.
The IFRS informs that the disclosure requirements for Scope 3 emissions within the framework of the two proposed reporting standards on corporate climate related disclosure have been unanimously adopted.
What will companies have to face?
Under the new standard, companies will have to report not only on their direct emissions, but on emissions that originate along their supply chain: Scope 3 emissions. These emissions are beyond a company’s direct control and typically account for 90 % of a company’s overall emissions.
To access Scope 3 data, companies need to establish transparent collaboration with suppliers and reciprocal climate data management. Find out how below!
How much influence does the ISSB standard have?
Many companies around the world have introduced or are in the process of developing mandatory sustainability reporting requirements for businesses. The ISSB standard will heavily influence these disclosure requirements.
The decision to include Scope 3 disclosure is a major milestone, as investors and other stakeholders are increasingly seeking information on how companies are dealing with climate risks and impacts. ISSB’s chair Emmanuel Faber described the adaptation as “rewriting economics”.
How you can prepare your company
Managing Scope 3 data can be a challenge for companies, as suppliers often cannot provide the necessary data. Empowering your suppliers in climate data management is therefore crucial for successful Scope 3 emission management.
As of today, companies often send emails with excel spreadsheets and questionnaires to their suppliers. Managing this data from hundreds, sometimes thousands of international suppliers is a Sisyphean challenge.
Often, suppliers won’t provide the data as there are no clear incentives or the acquired data is non-comparable. Not to mention the time and effort this outdated approach requires.
Digital Climate Data Management
This is where our Climate Intelligence Platform steps in. We offer the first climate-focused data platform to enable collaborative decarbonization along the supply chain.
Our platform offers an easy-to-use tool to collect climate-relevant data. The data-driven Climate Performance Assessment allows you to collect, analyze and manage the primary data of suppliers in a comparable and machine readable way. All data points are summarized in individual climate scorecards, and serve as a transparent basis for joint climate actions.