Why You Should Care About BRSR?

BRSR serves as a foundational framework for ESG reporting in India, enabling companies to showcase their dedication to sustainable development and responsible business practices. Investors’ growing focus on sustainability propels the significance of non-financial data in guiding investment choices.

With BRSR, enhance your company’s commitment to sustainability and transparency. Embrace this structured approach to ESG reporting that aligns with regulatory standards and builds investor trust and positions your business for long-term, responsible growth.

Find out more about the BRSR framework and how you can be prepared for this annual reporting process.

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What is BRSR?

Under Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting, Indian companies are required to report a variety of sustainability parameters that reflect their commitment to responsible business practices. This includes governance structures that oversee ESG issues, measures taken towards environmental conservation, social welfare activities undertaken for communities and employees, as well as performance against national and international sustainability standards.

BRSR is a complement to internationally recognized reporting frameworks:

  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

The BRSR provides a uniform ESG disclosure standard for Indian corporations, integrating these reports with their annual financial performance statements, thus ensuring a transparent presentation of both financial and non-financial aspects of corporate performance to stakeholders.

What is BRSR Core and Why was it Introduced?

BRSR Core is a sub-set of the BRSR, and the main version used by big companies. It focuses specifically on assurance and ESG disclosures for the value chain. Recognizing the specific needs of Indian or emerging markets, additional Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been incorporated for assurance purposes. These include metrics such as job creation in smaller towns, business transparency, and total wages paid to female. Moreover, to enhance global comparability, intensity ratios that are adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) based on revenue have also been integrated into the reporting framework.

How is BRSR Structured?

There are three sections in the reporting questionnaire– Sections A, B, and C. It consists of 150 questions, with the majority being mandatory.

Section A: General Disclosure:
  • Listed entity
  • Products/Services
  • Operations
  • Holding, Subsidiary and Associate Companies
  • CSR Details
  • Transparency & Disclosure
Section B: Management & Process Disclosures:
  • Policy and management disclosures
  • Governance
  • Leadership and oversight
  • Holding, Subsidiary and Associate Companies
  • CSR Details
  • Transparency & Disclosure
Section C: Principal-Wise Performance Disclosures​
  • Report on KPIs according to the NGRBC principles

Which Companies Should File BRSR Core?

Starting from the fiscal year 2023-24, it is compulsory for the top 1000 listed companies by market capitalization to report Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as per the BRSR Core. Also, a defined glide path has been outlined for undertaking reasonable assurance for the BRSR Core:

FAQs

It covers areas such as business ethics, human rights, social responsibility, environment sustainability, and stakeholder engagement.

BRSR requires more standardized disclosures with a focus on quantitative metrics and is legally mandated for certain companies in India.

Yes, investors use this information to assess a company’s sustainability practices which can influence investment decisions.

Yes, companies not among the top thousand listed entities, and those with specified securities on the SME Exchange, can voluntarily submit the Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report (BRSR).

BRSR should be submitted in PDF and XBRL mandatorily.

Need not be. The Board of the listed entity shall ensure that the assurance provider appointed for assuring the BRSR Core has the necessary expertise for undertaking reasonable assurance in sustainability.

While specific penalties for non-compliance with BRSR have not been detailed by SEBI, companies can face reputational damage and investor scrutiny.

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