I talked to Dr Clara Neppel, Senior Director Europe at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in Vienna, about the ethical and regulatory aspects of AI technology with a view to corporate reporting. It appears that the immediate concern about the use of AI is its inherent bias.
I had a chance to talk to Wim Bartels in his capacity of Progamme Lead at the Corporate Reporting Dialogue (CRD) about key issues and initiatives around the further development of corporate reporting. In our interview, we address topics like the CRD’s objectives and alleged competition, the convergence of non-financial and financial reporting frameworks, integrated versus multiple reporting, PDF versus HTML, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools.
As of 1st January 2020, all annual financial reports published within the European Union must be set up in digital format, using Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML). Early adopters will take the ESEF mandate as an opportunity to change their corporate reporting from PDF to HTML formats, adopting an online, integrated, interactive and structured communications approach, turning corporate reports into a highly effective, multi-stakeholder communications tool.
New guidelines help investors scrutinize corporate social performance. When it comes down to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, more and more investors are looking at how companies perform on human rights. Guarding long-term investments against a potential fallout from social grievances has become part of their fiduciary duty. In view of the complexity of global … Continue reading What about the ‘S’ in ESG?
How the new NOCLAR Standard Will Tackle Non-Compliance in Corporate Reporting When it comes down to assessing corporate sustainability performance and impacts, investors, rating agencies and other stakeholders have developed a growing appetite for accurate, relevant, consistent and comparable data. In a globalized world prone to economic volatility, alternative facts and corporate scandals, solid financial … Continue reading Assuring the Assurers