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Addressing Climate Risk Down Under

Adrian Orr, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, underlined why the Bank believes mandatory disclosure of climate risk is essential for preserving financial stability at a recent virtual roundtable. Financial stability requires all relevant risks to be adequately identified and priced. Climate change presents a direct and material risk to financial stability – […]

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Proliferation of Frameworks risks ‘sustainability reporting fatigue’

A recent article in the Financial Times neatly pinpoints an underlying problem with sustainability reporting: the proliferation of frameworks that threaten to overwhelm investors and reporters. Companies are increasingly responding to investor demand for more environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, however, with so many competing frameworks – such as the GRI, SASB, TCFD and […]

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IMF advocates for mandatory Climate Risk Disclosure

Floods, hurricanes and wildfires have an undeniable impact on the countries and economies devastated by them – but are the risks of these increasingly common climate-related disasters being properly considered by investors? A recent International Monetary Fund report argues that investors and equity markets have been ignoring the growing risk of financial losses associated with […]

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Green Reporting Headed Digital?

In opening remarks at the Eurofiling ESEF Digital Day yesterday, the European Commission’s Alain Deckers described the work going into the review of Europe’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (or NFRD) which governs disclosure of ESG reporting. The key issue? The need for a single set of high quality standards. An ongoing issue that is receiving attention […]

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Sustainability reporting and IFRS

There is a compelling case for the IFRS Foundation to help develop globally comparable standards for sustainability reporting – according to a recent speech from IFRS Foundation Trustee Teresa Ko. Ko’s speech, given at the inaugural meeting of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group, suggested that sustainability reporting is […]

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TCFD translates Recommendations into Portuguese

As we underlined in a recent comment letter responding to Accountancy Europe’s proposals for non-financial standard setting, for reporting standards to be useful they should be global. So it’s welcome news that this week the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have launched the Portuguese translation of its recommendations, designed to encourage a stronger […]

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XBRL International supports digital ESG disclosures

XBRL International last week issued a comment letter in support of proposals outlined in the Accountancy Europe paper Interconnected Standard Setting for Corporate Reporting. Accountancy Europe describes the problems associated with proliferating non-financial information (NFI) reporting initiatives and offers an ambitious solution: a global, interconnected reporting standards setter. XBRL International supports this analysis and much of […]

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Can financial disclosure accelerate Climate Action?

The MIT Science and Policy of Global Change Program recently brought a number of financial sector experts together to discuss best practices for mitigating climate risk through financial disclosure. A bit like the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists and economists are trying to work through different scenarios to try to understand the impact of different types of […]

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EU consults on new ESG Disclosure Standards

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have published a consultation paper seeking input on proposed environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure standards for certain financial services providers and products. The proposals would require the sustainability characteristics or objectives of financial market participants, advisers and products to be disclosed. EU-wide benchmarks for determining ‘sustainable’ activity would be used to […]

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EU establish Sustainable Investment Terms

To encourage private investment in sustainable growth the EU Council has adopted a classification system aimed at creating a common language on environmental objectives across Europe. In order to reduce greenwashing and improve investor confidence in financial products labelled as ‘sustainable’, common, clear metrics through which to discuss environmental objectives are important. An EU wide […]

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