20th February 2017
Sub: Integrated Reporting by Listed Entities
To all Listed companies
Attention of such aforesaid listed companies are drawn to SEBI Circular Ref. No. SEBI/HO/CFD/CMD/CIR/P/2017/10 dated February 06, 2017 (copy available at CSE web-site at www.cse-india.com and SEBI web-site at www.sebi.com) wherein
“SEBI has mandated the requirement of submission of Business Responsibility Report (‘BRR’) for top 500 listed entities under Regulation 34(2)(f) of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015 ("SEBI LODR"). The key principles which are required to be reported by the entities pertain to areas such as environment, governance, stake holder’s relationships, etc.”
“The International Integrated Reporting Council (‘IIRC’) has prescribed Integrated Reporting Framework at following web link: http://integratedreporting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/13-12-08-THE-INTERNATIONAL-IR-FRAMEWORK-2-1.pdf.”
“It has been observed that certain listed entities in India and other jurisdictions have been making disclosures by following the principles of integrated reporting. Towards the objective of improving disclosure standards, in consultation with industry bodies and stock exchanges, the listed entities are advised to adhere to the following:
a. Integrated Reporting may be adopted on a voluntary basis from the financial year 2017-18 by top 500 companies which are required to prepare BRR.
b. The information related to Integrated Reporting may be provided in the annual report separately or by incorporating in Management Discussion & Analysis or by preparing a separate report (annual report prepared as per IR framework).
c. In case the company has already provided the relevant information in any other report prepared in accordance with national/international requirement / framework, it may provide appropriate reference to the same in its Integrated Report so as to avoid duplication of information.
d. As a green initiative, the companies may host the Integrated Report on their website and provide appropriate reference to the same in their Annual Report.”
This is for information & necessary action.
CS Chandrani Datta