IPSASB releases Reporting Sustainability Program Information—Amendments to RPGs 1 and 3: Additional Non-Authoritative Guidance
In light of the urgent need for sustainability reporting guidance for the public sector, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®), developer of IPSAS®, international accrual-based accounting standards for use by governments and other public sector entities around the world, has issued Reporting Sustainability Program Information—Amendments to RPGs 1 and 3: Additional Non-Authoritative Guidance.
Ahead of a decision by the IPSASB on the potential development of a framework for public sector specific sustainability reporting guidance, the additional non-authoritative guidance included in Recommended Practice Guideline (RPG) 1, Reporting on the Long-Term Sustainability of an Entity’s Finances, and RPG 3, Reporting Service Performance Information can be immediately applied by governments and public sector entities to report on sustainability program information.
The additional guidance is intended to support the implementation of the key areas highlighted in the OECD paper Green Budgeting: A Way Forward. RPG 3 includes four illustrative examples which show how its authoritative guidance can be applied to reporting sustainability program information on:
- A program financed by a green bond;
- A program financed by a carbon tax;
- An investment in infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of climate change; and
- A tax expenditure for sustainability investments.
“For governments and the public sector to play their parts in addressing climate change and sustainability, strong governance, accountability, and transparency are necessary,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “As we explore the potential development of a public sector sustainability framework, in the interim, public sector entities can utilize the additional guidance that the IPSASB has provided in the amendments to these RPGs for reporting on programs addressing both climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
How to Access
To access Reporting Sustainability Program Information—Amendments to RPGs 1 and 3: Additional Non-Authoritative Guidance, its summary At-a-Glance document, and webcast, visit the IPSASB website. The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, and Network Partners to promote the availability of Reporting Sustainability Program Information—Amendments to RPGs 1 and 3: Additional Non-Authoritative Guidance to their members and employees.
About the IPSASB
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About the Public Interest Committee
The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.