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BRR to BRSR: Progress Toward Sustainability

Although in its infancy, ESG disclosures are quickly becoming the norm in India, as stakeholders and regulatory authorities push for more thorough reporting of non-financial performance. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced the Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR) paradigm in May 2021 to replace the former Business Responsibility Reporting (BRR) structure and address the need to expand and improve ESG Consulting in India.

The BRSR compliance is a unified and consistent structure for sustainability reporting that has been developed in light of evolving international norms. Corporations are required to manage their operations ethically and maintain ecological practices in reporting. Moreover, it is clear that the reporting landscape in India is rapidly changing to reflect these worldwide norms and rules.

To facilitate easy access to sustainability-related data in India, BRSR reporting is intended to serve as a centralized repository. It would help investors and other interested parties compare companies by providing a standard reference point.

Shifting From BRR to BRSR

Shifting From BRR to BRSR

When compared to its BRR predecessor, the BRSR framework represents a radical divergence. While BRR focused on qualitative and subjective measurements, BRSR places more emphasis on quantitative metrics by giving both mandatory and optional indicators for corporate sustainability. There has been an update to:

* Strengthen the report's coverage.

* Improving how the message of a business's commitment to the environment and the community is conveyed.

* The regulatory authority has shown its full backing for multinational corporations by allowing them to disclose both financial and non-financial information in Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report.

Development Of The BRSR Framework

Development Of The BRSR Framework

The BRSR delivers more detailed information than the BRR did, and as a result, stakeholders have come to expect even minor updates on key performance indicators. The BRSR framework puts more emphasis on the fundamental and alluring aspects of sustainability and accountability reporting. The BRSR formats were developed to serve as a consolidated hub for organizations' worldwide sustainability reporting needs.

The following are some major insights that make the concept of modern BRSR appealing:

The first prerequisites are covered by the "Essential" and "Leadership" sections. Other statutory obligations are reviewed as a duty, and they consistently disrupt company operations. With this, market leaders may showcase their ESG achievements and explain why they deserve to be referred to as market leaders.

An organization's data spans the entire organization, from upper management to human resources to environmental health to corporate social responsibility to procurement, and finally to marketing. Therefore, a company that makes BRSR its primary focus will be well-positioned for the long term.

An alternative, "lighter," BRSR was also published by the regulatory body. It facilitates and enables privately held businesses to meet international standards. These organizations often serve clients outside of India and participate in the Value Chain of Companies that demands BRSR. Therefore, meeting the needs of the "Lite-er" version can aid in preserving the expansion of the firm.

As the concept of "Value Chain," or one's duty to implement ESG Parameters, is incorporated, it becomes clear that a company cannot develop in isolation. The industry's suppliers, therefore, need to keep pace with the growth of these industry giants.

Leaders are given the opportunity to properly weigh their accomplishments, as they can be viewed in both qualitative and quantitative formats.

Over time, this type of reporting will become more commonplace and may be required for all publicly and privately traded enterprises alike. Since its implementation began, the number of listed companies has increased from 100 to 1,000, providing us with ample evidence.

The Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report were created as a mechanism for businesses to contribute in a more concrete way to India's efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In no way is it meant to be combined with merely legal or CSR requirements.

No business is immune to adopting the BRSR template. The medical, entertainment, travel, IT, hotel, and other industries may not all benefit equally from the BRSR's basic format, but we must accept it anyway. So, in the future, a "Sector-Specific Format" will be released for more specialized information in the respective industries.


BRSR appears to be comprehensive, globally applicable, and based on verifiable indicators. Consequently, it should aid in providing a more complete ESG narrative for each reporting organization. The Indian government is making great advances toward sustainability, but the 'proof of the dessert' is in the eating.

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