Over half of the world’s economies have adopted ISSB standards


Here’s the intro from this note by Tim Mohin:

Almost a year after the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) released its first two standards, they announced this week that more than half of the world’s economy has adopted them. The ISSB standards were created to consolidate and simplify sustainability disclosure standards and, indeed, they have acquired more than a few of the so-called “alphabet soup” of other ESG standards (SASB, IIRC, TCFD, CDSB – and if you know what all of those abbreviations spell out, you are reading the right newsletter 😆). Their mantra from the start has been to create consistent, comparable and decision-useful ESG information.

Shortly after the ISSB standards were released, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) endorsed them and asked its 130 member jurisdictions, which regulate more than 95% of the world’s financial markets, to adopt them. A year on, at this year’s IOSCO annual meeting, ISSB standard setters announced that 20 jurisdictions representing 55% of the global GDP and more than half of global emissions have decided to adopt the standards or use them as a framework for their own standards. IOSCO Chair Jean-Paul Servais said, “I am encouraged by the fact that not even a year after our endorsement and call to action, so many jurisdictions are seeking to adopt or be informed by the ISSB Standards.”

China was the most recent jurisdiction to adopt an ISSB-aligned set of standards with the release this week of an exposure draft of China Sustainability Disclosure Standards. The International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS – ISSB’s parent organization) also houses the financial disclosure standards used by ~140 countries, pointing to greater integration of ESG into financial statements long sought by investors. Notably, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has not formally adopted IFRS/ISSB standards but has largely modeled them in its new climate disclosure rule.

To hasten adoption in other jurisdictions, the ISSB also released a Jurisdictional Guide to help countries fully or partially adopt their standards. ISSB Chair Emmanuel Faber said, “From major economies to emerging markets, jurisdictions around the world such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, Nigeria, and the UK are recognizing the value of the ISSB Standards.”