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PWC Survey: CSRD Readiness in Question at Many Companies

PwcA recent survey conducted by PWC of 500 senior executives and business professionals finds that only 63% are very or extremely confident that they will be ready to report under the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. That said, many believe that the law will lead to even greater focus on sustainability as a source of value creation and risk reduction.

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More than three-quarters (79%) of those surveyed believe “CSRD is or will lead to company leadership considering sustainability in decision making to a greater extent. Respondents believe CSRD will benefit their company to a large extent through environmental performance (51%), improved engagement with stakeholders (49%), and risk mitigation (48%)”
In addition, almost one-third believe CSRD benefits will include revenue growth (28%) or cost savings (26%). The expectation of financial benefits is higher for companies closer to their reporting deadline, with 38% of companies due to report in fiscal year 2025 expecting to benefit to a large extent through revenue growth and 34% through cost savings
These are among the interesting findings from this recent report: PwC 2024 Global CSRD Survey.
With the first of the companies affected by the law due to report in six months, “executives cite data availability and quality (59%), value chain complexity (57%) and staff capacity (50%) as obstacles to implementation to a large or very large extent.”
Of those companies confident of their ability to report on time, less than half have completed key activities, such as confirmation of reporting options (39%), double materiality assessment (38%), and validation of availability of data (20%). Of respondents from companies headquartered in 38 countries and territories, 75% already plan to report at a consolidated group level, including operations outside the EU, the report states.
The survey also finds that “preparing to report under the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) is leading companies to give more weight to sustainability in business decisions. Around three-quarters of companies preparing to file under the directive, including those headquartered outside the EU, say they are factoring sustainability into decision-making to a greater extent, or that they plan to do so.”
While the survey results indicate confidence around sustainability reporting, survey respondents cite obstacles to implementation. The single biggest concern listed is data availability and quality (59%).
Only one-fifth of companies due to report in their 2025 financial year have validated the availability and completeness of data for their disclosures, the survey indicates. “Additionally, less than 60% of all respondents have involved their technology function, although most respondents plan to do so, and most companies are not using specialist tools or technology. Spreadsheets are the most commonly used tool (74%), compared with 26% using centralized sustainability data storage (e.g., a data lake) and 20% using AI, although more have plans to use these tools in the future.”

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