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Singapore pushes sustainability reporting

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has issued a draft sustainability reporting policy statement and guide intended to encourage more companies to adopt sustainability reporting in Singapore, where it is currently voluntary.

The SGX suggested that as more companies adopt sustainability reporting, it will be natural to evolve from guidelines to standards and rules.

The SGX policy statement on sustainability reporting details principles for listed companies to follow. These include:

  • Company boards are responsible for matters of sustainability;
  • Environmental, social and governance considerations are important for the long term performance of a company;
  • Companies should use appropriate reporting standards for their industry and circumstances;
  • No single standard is advocated, although the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines are singled out as a globally recognised standard;
  • Applying global standards is important for cross-jurisdictional comparability and gives confidence that SGX-listed companies aim to achieve global best practices.

The SGX is seeking feedback on the draft sustainability reporting guide and policy statement by 29 October.


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