The European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) stipulates that large companies must report on activities that have an effect on the environment and social issues.
Do you run or work for a large company? Or do you do business with large companies? From 2024 all listed companies and large enterprises must report on sustainability and performance. This is the result of the European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). The CSRD requires businesses to disclose the environmental and social impact of their activities. Companies must have this information verified by an auditor.
The CSRD applies to companies that meet at least 2 of the 3 following conditions:
- net turnover of €40 million or more
- total assets of at least €20 million
- 250 or more employees
The mandatory reporting will be implemented step-by-step. It depends among others on the size and activities of a company when they must comply with this requirement. For financial years starting on or after:
- 1 January 2024, for companies that are already subject to the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD)
- 1 January 2025, for large companies that are not yet subject to the NFRD
- 1 January 2026, for listed SMEs, and for small and non-complex credit institutions and insurance companies
Medium-sized and small businesses are exempted from the CSRD until at least financial year 2026. However, they will have to deal with demands from their CSRD-compliant customers or suppliers.
- large companies
- entrepreneurs doing business with large (CSRD-compliant) companies
It is not yet known when this change in law will enter into effect. The European Parliament and the European Council must first adopt the CSRD.
Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).