NHO argues that many of the data required, such as details of work-related accidents and injuries, properly belong elsewhere in annual reports, which average 50-60 pages for a large industrial company such as Norsk Hydro, and not in the 5-8-page directors' report and accounts.
"The trend internationally is for separate environmental reports or more detailed environmental reporting in the annual reports," NHO adds, citing the support of the Norwegian Accounting Standards Board for these alternatives. Officials in the finance and environment ministries confirm that they are to discuss the issue this week.
NHO, tel: +47 23 08 80 00.
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