How to make complying with CSRD simpler

Explore the common challenges faced by companies and how you can simplify the process, save costs, and improve reporting quality.

Compliance with the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) doesn't just fulfil a regulatory requirement. It can enable you to enhance your company's long term growth, alongside reducing nature and environment related risks.

However, the complexity of these standards can seem daunting. In this article, we'll explore the common challenges faced by companies and how you can simplify the process, save costs, and improve reporting quality.

Common challenges businesses face with CSRD

Data Collection & Quality

One of the key struggles when it comes to reporting in line with CSRD (& TNFD) is collecting high-quality data across different functions and geographies.

You need to gather a vast amount of data and do it accurately. This challenge is compounded by the need for data to be verifiable and relevant. Plus, it should be replicable so you can track improvements over time. To do this, your business needs robust systems and processes to collect, manage, and store data efficiently and securely.

Adhering & Complying to New Standards

As standards evolve, staying compliant requires ongoing education and adaptation. 

Companies and organisations of all sizes must keep up-to-date with changes and ensure that their reporting evolves accordingly. This could be a full-time role as standards are changing so rapidly.

Increased Need for Transparency & Scrutiny

Stakeholders, including investors, customers, and regulatory bodies, are demanding greater transparency in sustainability reporting.

Companies must provide clear, comprehensible, and detailed disclosures to meet these expectations. This is not only to comply with CSRD requirements, but easy to understand information is crucial to enable business leaders to integrate nature into business decision-making.

Cost of Compliance

Implementing new systems and training staff can be costly.

Companies need to find cost-effective solutions to manage these expenses without compromising the quality of their sustainability reports. Most companies will initially bring in external advisory support, but transition to an automated software solution in the longer term.

Lack of Expertise

The specific expertise required for CSRD compliance is not always available in-house. 

As the climate and nature crises deepen, the subject is going to get more complex. You may need to invest in training or hiring new talent, which can be time-consuming and expensive, but will be invaluable in the long run.

External Assurance Requirements

Obtaining external assurance on sustainability reports to enhance credibility can pose an additional layer of complexity and cost.

However, it is vital to have a third party verify your data and action plan. This helps to show transparency, while opening up the opportunity for feedback and improvements on the work already done.

Using an external partner can save you time & money

Natcap supports companies to measure, report, and act on nature across their sites of interest, portfolios and supply chains. 

We provide world leading scientific expertise and proprietary data solutions to enable you to embed nature intelligence into a range of business workflows, such as:

  • External Disclosure (CSRD, TNFD, SBTN)
  • Enhanced Risk Management
  • Target Setting
  • Responsible Due Diligence

Nature intelligence is business intelligence to effectively meet reporting requirements, manage nature risk, and enable nature positive target setting.

All of natcap’s technical outputs are aligned with the regulation to ensure compliance with CSRD and alignment with the TNFD’s recommendations. 

If you’d like to see how you can benefit from partnering with us, get in touch today.

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