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On 3 November 2021, at COP26, the IFRS Foundation Trustees announced the creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).
On 26 June 2023 the ISSB issued its inaugural standards—IFRS S1 and IFRS S2—ushering in a new era of sustainability-related disclosures in capital markets worldwide.
The IFRS Foundation has today published educational material to illustrate how the IFRS for SMEs Accounting Standard requires companies to consider climate-related matters that have a material effect on the financial statements.
The educational material has been developed in response to feedback from some members of the SME Implementation Group and respondents to the 2022 Exposure Draft Third edition of the IFRS for SMEs Accounting Standard. This feedback identifies that interest in the potential effects of climate-related matters on SMEs’ financial statements is growing among users of those statements.
The material contains a non-exhaustive list of examples of when companies may need to consider climate-related matters in their financial statements and is aimed at supporting the consistent application of the IFRS for SMEs Accounting Standard. It does not add to or change the requirements in the IFRS for SMEs Accounting Standard. The material is based on similar educational material published by the IFRS Foundation to support full IFRS Accounting Standards.
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