The guidelines consist of mandatory sustainability reporting requirements and best practice recommendations. To integrate the guidelines into the INREV Guidelines Compliance Framework the mandatory requirements have been integrated into the Reporting Module.
Therewith an integrated reporting approach is provided adding ESG requirements to the obligatory INREV Guidelines Compliance Framework to reflect current market practice and create the relation between integrated reporting and sustainability reporting.
The mandatory requirements and best practices offer fund managers the ability to choose between different levels of detail and to customise the INREV Sustainability Reporting Guidelines for their own capabilities and investor needs.
While fund managers who are already familiar with ESG reporting and accordingly have ambitious goals can opt for the full set of requirements by including the best practices within the mandatory reporting requirements, those with limited resources or limited investor demands can opt for only the mandatory requirements to comply with the INREV Guidelines.
This flexibility allows vehicles to customise ESG reporting to specific investor needs. The additional guidance in the best practices has two functions: First, to be a guidance for those fund managers wanting to add more detail to their mandatory requirements to support comprehensive ESG reporting, and second to further describe the mandatory requirements and with that help understanding and interpretation of the guidelines. At the same time, the mandatory requirements result in a clear overview of the fund manager’s efforts in ESG matters, as well as their related annual goals and achievements. In addition, the best practices can provide guidance for a self-standing ESG report which can be disclosed alongside the annual reports.