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ISSB updates to SASB Standards

The ISSB has committed to maintain, enhance, and evolve the SASB Standards and encourages preparers and investors to continue to use them. The ISSB has confirmed that industry-specific disclosures are required as part of its standards and, in the absence of specific IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards, companies must consider the SASB Standards to identify sustainability-related risks, opportunities and related metrics.

The ISSB has begun an initial phase of enhancements to the SASB Standards, addressing international applicability. The following timeline describes the milestones that will be important for preparers, licensees, investors and jurisdictional authorities.


June 2023

Updates to climate-related SASB Standards content

  • Context
    • IFRS S2 includes industry-based guidance derived from climate-related SASB Standards content.
    • With issuance of IFRS S2, ISSB released updated SASB Standards to align them with S2.
  • Details
    • New topics and metrics covering financed emissions in 3 industries: Asset Management & Custody Activities, Commercial Banks, and Insurance
    • Revisions to 12 metrics to enhance international applicability
    • Removal of 6 metrics that are not internationally applicable
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August 2023

Close of public comment period for international applicability Methodology Exposure Draft

  • Context
    • When applying IFRS S1, preparers are required to refer to and consider applicability of SASB Standards in identifying and disclosing information regarding sustainability-related risks and opportunities.
    • ISSB is enhancing international applicability of the SASB Standards to ensure companies can use them to prepare disclosure under S1, regardless of location.
    • From May to August 2023, the ISSB held a public consultation on its proposed approach to enhancing the international applicability of SASB metrics covering all topics beyond climate (climate-related metrics were updated alongside publication of IFRS S2 in June).
  • Details
    • Proposed methodology involves removal and replacement of references to specific jurisdictions without significantly altering industries, topics, or intent of current metrics.
    • Consultation gave stakeholders opportunity to voice their views on ISSB’s proposed methodology and provide input on possible future enhancements to SASB Standards.
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October 2023

Release of blackline documents with updates to non-climate SASB Standards content

  • Context
    • The ISSB analysed results of public comment period for Methodology Exposure Draft and developed revisions to the SASB Standards informed by feedback received.
  • Details
    • Prior to issuing updated SASB Standards, blackline documents detailing revisions to SASB Standards will be published. Comments are not requested on these blackline documents. The documents will be available online until 10 November for information purposes to allow stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the revisions. Stakeholders may contact the ISSB to submit fatal flaws identified in blackline documents.
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December 2023 (planned)

Updates to non-climate SASB Standards content

  • Context
    • After public review of proposed revisions and incorporation of stakeholder feedback, ISSB will issue updated SASB Standards.
  • Details
    • ISSB estimates revision of about 200 SASB metrics to enhance international applicability.
    • Issuance of these updates marks ISSB’s completion of initial phase of updates to the SASB Standards to improve the ease of application of the SASB Standards and IFRS S1.
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