Companies should conduct thorough due diligence in light of closer scrutiny from stakeholders and governmental and non-governmental bodies.
Companies are facing increasing pressure to report on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters in terms of their legal obligations, stakeholder pressure, and reputational issues. Companies are subject to both mandatory and non-mandatory non-financial reporting obligations. For the first time, in 2018, under the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), certain companies must publish in their annual reports information relating to environmental, social, and employee matters, respect for human rights, and anti-corruption and bribery matters. The NFRD therefore bolsters existing mandatory disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Climate Change Act 2008. The forthcoming Conflicts Minerals Regulation will further strengthen these obligations.