02 March 2020
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its Report assessing institutions’ Pillar 3 disclosures, which aims atidentifying best practices and potential areas for improvement. While the EBA observes overall progress in institutions’ prudential disclosures, some practices may still impair the proper communication of their risk profile in a comparable way, compromising the ultimate objective of market discipline.
Institutions’ Pillar 3 disclosures play a key role in promoting market discipline through the public reporting of meaningful prudential information. The definition and implementation of a common Pillar 3 framework with granular and comparable prudential disclosures is a major step towards reducing asymmetry of information with users of prudential information.The aim of this Report is to assess the implementation by institutions of thePillar 3 framework as well as of identifying best practices and potential areas for improvement that should help institutions enhance their own disclosures and which will be a valid input to the EBA’s policy work on Pillar 3.
The EBA observes that institutions are on the correct path towards achieving consistency and comparability through the implementation of common disclosure formats, accompanied by qualitative explanations that help communicate meaningful prudential information. There is, nevertheless, room for improvement. In particular, the following findings may hamper the ability of users to access, understand and compare the information:
The EBA also observes that whileenvironmental, social and governance (ESG) related information is still scarce and diffuse, institutions are starting to embed sustainability considerations in their strategic agenda and to recognise environmental and climate change risks as emerging risks.