Thanks to the success story of the Report or Explain for Sustainability and Integrated Reports 2012-2016, in 2017 B3 launched the "Report or Explain for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)", an initiative aimed at stimulating transparency for the strategies and actions of listed companies in relation to the 17 SDGs established by the United Nations.
Through this initiative, since 2017 B3 has recommended that listed companies respond, on an annual basis, a brief online survey stating whether they prepare a sustainability report or an integrated report including the SDGs. As in the previous initiative, if the companies do not prepare the reports, B3 asks them to state the reason why they don’t by choosing between the options provided.
Starting in 2012, B3 began to recommend listed companies to indicate in the Reference Form in item 7.8 - "Description of relevant long-term relationships of the company not included elsewhere in this form", whether they published sustainability or integrated reports or similar reports; and where it was available. If not, the companies should explain why they did not publish it.
This initiative, entitled "Report or Explain for Sustainability or Integrated Reporting", was developed in partnership with the GRI - Global Reporting Initiative and in support of the IIRC – International Integrated Reporting Council, aimed at encouraging companies to gradually adhere to the practice of reporting to investors information and results related to the environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) dimensions. Thus, it was a way of providing an easy platform for accessing this information to investors and stakeholders.
The year 2015 was the last of this initiative's original format – and for a great reason. In a review of the Reference Form, the Brazilian regulatory body, CVM, has made this form of disclosure mandatory for social and environmental information since 2016. Therefore, there is no longer any need for the Exchange to request such a report, and the Companies came to be with the regulator.
Bearing this Brazilian success case in mind, in 2017, B3 launched the "Report or Explain for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative", which aims to stimulate the transparency of the listed companies' strategies and actions in relation to the 17 UN-established SDGs.Through this initiative, the company recommends, from 2017, that listed companies annually state whether they publish a sustainability or integrated report taking the SDGs into account. Along similar lines with the previous initiative, if they do not, B3 requests they explain why by choosing one of the options supplied.