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Companies, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Non-Financial Reporting) Regulations 2016 SI 2016/1245

By Julia Penny

These Regulations implement an EU directive requiring certain large undertakings and groups to disclose non-financial and diversity information. 

The non-financial reporting directive (NFRD) imposes an obligation on public interest entities which have more than 500 employees to disclose a range of information. They also permit information to be disclosed on a voluntary basis. 

The directive requires a non-financial information section as a distinct part of the management report.

The information that must be shown in the report includes:

  • description of the undertaking’s business model
  • Policies in relation to:

o   Environmental

o   Employee

o   Social

o   Anti-corruption

o   Bribery

o   Human rights

  • A description of the outcome of the above policies
  • A description of the principal risks relating to the matters mentioned above, including where relevant and proportionate, a description of business relationships, products and services likely to cause adverse impacts and how these are managed
  • A description of non-financial key performance indicators relevant to the undertaking
  • For those listed on a Regulated market (eg LSE), a description of their diversity policy

The changes take effect for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2017.

There is an explanatory memorandum available here.

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June 2017 


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