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eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)

Reducing reporting complexity

eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is a language for the electronic communication of business and financial data, which is being adopted as a reporting standard around the world. The adoption was given a boost by compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) final rules, requiring registrants to submit XBRL tagged financial information. 

Yet, the adoption of XBRL goes beyond SEC. In addition to many voluntary filings programs already implemented globally, other international regulatory programs, such as SBR and Solvency II, have also announced the obligatory use of XBRL. XBRL is also gaining momentum in the non-financial reporting domain, like sustainability reporting.

Deloitte supports organisations in transforming their business reporting by leveraging XBRL to improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with data collection, reporting and analysis. Organisations can also get comfort on the quality of their XBRL filings through Deloitte’s XBRL Assurance services. Deloitte also provides services to regulatory bodies in developing taxonomies to streamline the collection of data as well as implementing portal solutions for processing XBRL filings.

Service offerings

  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Reporting & Disclosure Management
  • Taxonomy Design & Management
  • XBRL Assurance

Featured insights

  • G4 XBRL Reports Program
    GRI launched the G4 XB RL Reports Program to encourage G4 reporters to publish their s  ustainability reports in the digitally tagged XBRL format. Be among the frontrunners to publish your digitally tagged GRI report. Read more
  • XBRL explained in one minute (video)
    XBRL is a structured way of digital reporting which enables tagging of information into a machine-readable, digital format. As this has numerous benefits for companies and regulators' reporting processes XBRL is becoming the de facto standard for digital reporting worldwide. Watch this one-minute video to learn how XBRL works and what the benefits can be in your reporting process.
  • GRI G4 local launch Netherlands and GRI Taxonomy 2013 launch (video)
    Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launched the G4 guidelines and the new GRI Taxonomy 2013 in The Netherlands on November 7, 2013. Listen to the views of GRI, VBDO, Alliander, Liberty Global and Deloitte on the new G4 sustainability reporting guidelines and how digital reporting adds value.
  • Sustainable XBRL
    In this iBR Magazine article Elina Sviklina (GRI) reviews the work done to create a taxonomy for sustainability reporting and shares the plans for roll out and adoption.
  • Gaining from standards – 8 ways for regulators to improve business reporting
    Data standards are increasingly being considered to lower the cost of data processing. This Deloitte publication explores the topics that regulators and governments can consider to introduce data standards such as XBRL to improve business reporting and lower the administrative burden.
  • Using standards to increase value of reporting
    This reprint from CEO Today’s article Using standards to increase value of reporting addresses how companies can benefit from the use of open standards. Embracing and integrating digital reporting helps companies to create a more efficient, effective and reliable reporting process.
  • Dutch Businesses benefit from XBRL
    In this reprint from iBR Magazine’s article Dutch Businesses benefit from XBRL, Deloitte is interviewed on how SME’s can comply with the Dutch XBRL mandate (SBR) and at the same time lower their administrative burden.
  • The emerging requirement for Taxonomy Standardisation and Management
    iBR magazine interview with Cees de Boer, CFO/COO of Deloitte Netherlands
  • How XBRL adds value to business reporting (video)
    Deloitte interviews prominent organizations about their views on what XBRL is and what kind of benefits it offers for companies, financial regulators and standard setters.
  • Introducing the GRI taxonomy (video)
    Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) recently published the GRI taxonomy to support organisations in improving their sustainability reporting process.
  • Deloitte annual report in XBRL
    Deloitte Netherlands publishes annual report in XBRL, including an assurance report.
  • The case for XBRL
    New perspectives on business information processing
  • Moving to a global financial information framework
    Introducing XBRL-based processes and applications can have a critical effect on the way companies manage their business.
  • eXtensible Business Reporting Language XBRL - XBRL frequently asked questions (FAQ)
    Answers to a variety of questions related to eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) such as implementation schedule and submission due dates.


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