Technology & Communications


Electronic Manufacturing Services & Original Design Manufacturing Semiconductors
Software & IT Services Telecommunications
Hardware Internet Media & Services

Quinn Underriner

Sector Analyst, Technology & Communications

(415) 830-9220 x 133

This page contains SASB’s provisional sustainability accounting standards for the Technology & Communications sector, along with a variety of additional resources for corporations, investors, analysts, and others with an interest in the sustainability profile of these six industries. As SASB is committed to a transparent and open standards development process, this page also contains documents related to the standards development process for the sector.


SASB is conducting an implementation review of the provisional standards in 2016, including stakeholder consultation regarding the content of the standards. Please contact the Sector Analyst with any inquiries or input related to the Technology & Communications sector.

Sector Publications

The Standards

Standards Helps public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information to investors.
Technical Bulletin Provides disclosure guidance specific to integrated companies in the Technology & Communications sector.


Standards Navigator The comprehensive online resource for using and viewing SASB Standards, Industry Briefs, Mock 10-Ks, and more.
Industry Briefs Provides an industry-specific context for the sustainability accounting standards. The briefs describe each SASB disclosure topic, outline the evidence behind it, and explain the link to corporate valuation. In addition, the briefs describe the regulatory trends that are likely to impact the link between sustainability and financial performance.
Disclosure Topics Provides an overview of the SASB disclosure topics for the six industries in the Technology & Communications sector.
Serves as a mock excerpt from a Form 10-K filing for a software company, “Cloud Cover,” that incorporates disclosure to the SASB Standard for Software & IT Services into its Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A). This document is an example of one type of disclosure SASB standards are designed to enable; it is not intended to provide a template for companies to follow.

Sector Process Materials

Industry Working Group Participants
Contains the names of all the members of SASB’s Technology & Communications industry working groups who participated publicly. These participants contributed as individuals, not as representatives of their present or past companies.
Industry Working Group Due Process Report
Outlines the industry working group process, including recruiting processes, composition of members, and IWG feedback.
Standards Council Process Review
Prepared by the Standards Council, reviews and comments on the findings of the Industry Working Group Due Process Report.
Standards Outcome Report
Documents the changes made to SASB’s standards after the IWG process.
Standards Council Outcome Review
Prepared by the Standards Council, reviews and comments on the findings of the Standards Outcome Report.

Public Comment

Public Comment Version of Standards (All Industries)
Public Comments Received
SASB presented exposure drafts of its Technology & Communications standards for public review and comment. The 90 day public comment period began October 2, 2013.
Responses to Public Comment