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UK Considering Mandatory Climate-Related Financial Disclosure

Under a proposed new Green Finance Strategy announced this week the UK Government expects listed companies and large asset owners to disclose the impact of climate change on their businesses from 2022. The Treasury is considering the most effective way of ensuring that this disclosure happens, including, if necessary, requiring mandatory disclosure. The Green Finance […]

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Scaling up Green Finance: What Next?

Dr. Sabine Mauderer, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, recently gave a speech on the role central banks, policymakers and standardisation have to play in scaling up green finance. Mauderer discussed the work of the Central Banks and Supervisors Network on Greening the Financial System (NGFS). The NGFS’s key message is that […]

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TCFD Status Report Shows Steady Progress

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have published their second Status Report, analysing the extent to which companies have aligned their disclosures with the TCFD’s core recommendations. The Status Report has found an encouraging steady increase in the support for TCFD recommendations – with more than 800 organizations expressing support – and has […]

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Climate Change Risk Assessment: A Framework for Insurers

It’s already clear that climate change will present real financial risks to insurers over the coming decades – but how should the sector respond? A cross industry working group set up by the UK’s PRA has published a framework for the general insurance sector to guide them through assessing the financial impacts of climate change. […]

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TCFD Implementation Guide Now Available

Global markets have, in theory, recognised the need for climate-related-risk reporting – but in practice, implementing effective disclosure practices can be a daunting task. More than 600 organisations have shown support for the Task Force on Climate Related Disclosure’s proposals; however, take-up has been slow, with a number of companies calling for more practical guidance. To […]

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Sustainable Finance Standardisation

A new ISO Technical Committee (TC), TC322, has been set up to promote standardisation within sustainable finance. The committee will produce standards that will support sustainable economic activity. The hope is to integrate sustainability, environment, social and governance metrics within investment decision making. Expert members of the committee include Karla Mckenna from GLEIF  and the XBRL International Best […]

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BoE to Disclose Climate Risks in Annual Report

 The Bank of England (BoE) is leading by example and disclosing its own assessment of how it is managing climate-related financial risk in its 2019/20 annual report. The BoE have been pushing for stronger climate-change related risk disclosure with a number of actions in the last year, including a recent consultation on previous climate-related risk […]

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PRA Clarifies Climate Disclosure

In light of a recent consultation, the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have issued an updated supervisory statement clarifying climate-related disclosure requirements. Responses to the PRA’s consultation paper, Enhancing Banks’ and Insurers’ Approaches to Managing the Financial Risks from Climate Change, encouraged the PRA to move more quickly on climate issues, suggesting that too few firms are […]

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IASB Sticks To Knitting

An ongoing suggestion amongst policy makers, the accounting profession and ESG advocates is that the International Accounting Standards Board should take over standards setting in the field of environmental reporting and climate disclosure in particular. The Chair of the IASB used a speech last week to re-affirm that the IFRS standards setters will do no […]

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GRI Argue ESG Info is Crucial for Investors

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has now published an open letter arguing that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) information is now crucial for investors, in response to the speech (above) by IASB Board Chair. In that speech Hans Hoogervorst, pointed out that “greenwashing is rampant” in sustainability reporting. The GRI suggest that this argument misrepresents […]

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