XBRL News about trends and Nigeria

Here is our pick of the 3 most important XBRL news stories from the last week. 

1  Major European trends for reporting

Whether it’s the upcoming mandatory ESG disclosures or increased scrutiny reflected in data granularity, the road leading up to 2022 (and beyond) is a challenging one. In a financial world that is so profoundly wired together, a small change on one end can unravel a process on another end, and the wind of change will affect all involved. Approaching the publication of our whitepaper on major trends shaping reporting in the European Union, we share our subjective teaser on trends that are and will be a major influence.

Europe currently is in the vanguard for reporting of all kinds. Here’s a summary of the relevant trends.

2 99 days that will change reporting

The coming days should see greater certainty emerge in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards-setting space, observes XBRL International CEO John Turner.“For those of us very used to the normal pace of accounting standards setting (or indeed, disclosure rule creation), the speed with which policy makers have turned their attention to the goal of mandatory and consistent sustainability reporting is breathtaking,” he writes in a new blog post.

Due to his position, John has great insights into reporting developments around the world. Check out his 99 days!

3 New for Nigeria: XBRL reports blaze a trail

We were delighted to hear this week that Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, has produced its most recent financial statements in XBRL, using the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Taxonomy. This marks the first time a Nigerian listed company has reported its results using XBRL.

It is genuinely encouraging to see an important company in Africa’s largest country by population stepping up to true leadership by voluntarily filing XBRL reports! Go Nigeria, go Africa!


Christian Dreyer CFA is well known in Swiss Fintech circles as an expert in XBRL and financial reporting for investors.

 We have a self-imposed constraint of 3 news stories each week because we serve busy senior leaders in Fintech who need just enough information to get on with their job.

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