Financial Stability Board (FSB)
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) welcomed the publication of the 2019 Status Report by the industry-led Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Status Report provides an overview of the extent to which companies in their 2018 reports included information aligned with the core TCFD recommendations published in June 2017.
To better understand current climate-related financial disclosure practices and how they have evolved, the Task Force reviewed reports for over 1,100 companies from 142 countries in eight industries over a three-year period. In addition, the Task Force conducted a survey on companies’ efforts to implement the TCFD recommendations as well as users’ views on the usefulness of climate-related financial disclosures for decision-making. While the Task Force found some of the results of its disclosure review and survey encouraging, it has concerns that not enough companies are disclosing decision-useful climate-related financial information.
The Task Force reviewed financial filings, annual reports, integrated reports, and sustainability reports. It found that:
FSB Chair Randal K. Quarles said that: “The Task Force continues to provide a forum for market participants to develop and use a valuable private-sector solution to assess climate- related business risks. The increased participation levels confirm the value of these voluntary disclosures, allowing the public, markets, and investors to better monitor risks.”
Michael R. Bloomberg, Chair of the TCFD said: “We remain encouraged by the continued growth in the number of companies adhering to the guidelines of the TCFD – it means businesses are better informed about the risks they face, and investors are more capable of making sound decisions. However, we’re also clear-eyed about the serious threat that climate change poses. In order to keep people out of harm’s way, and build a more resilient global economy, we need more companies to follow their lead – and soon.”
A total of 785 organisations are now supporters of the TCFD, including the world’s largest banks, asset managers and pension funds, responsible for assets of $118 trillion.
The FSB has asked the TCFD to deliver another status report to the FSB in September 2020. The TCFD will undertake further work during the course of the next year to promote and monitor adoption of the TCFD recommendations. The Task Force is considering additional work to: (i) clarify elements of the TCFD’s supplemental guidance, (ii) develop process guidance around how to introduce and conduct climate-related scenario analysis, and (ii) identify business-relevant and accessible climate-related scenarios.
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