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SEC Chair Calls for Investors to Clarify ESG Data Needs

How should Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) data be reported in order to best cater to the needs of investors? Earlier this week Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton explored this topic in remarks to the Investor Advisory Committee. The Investor Advisory Committee advises the SEC on various regulatory priorities, including the effectiveness […]

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Climate Reporting Falls Short of Investor Expectations

A new UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) report indicates that companies are falling short of investor expectations for quality, granular climate-related reporting. As we heard from SASB at Data Amplified, demand for climate-related reporting is growing. However, for reporting to be useful for investors, it needs to be clear and comparable. The FRC report provides practical guidance to […]

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Data Amplified 2019: SASB Advocate Structured Data for Sustainability Reporting

Madhu Matthew from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) gave Data Amplified an introduction to the importance of structured data to the work SASB are doing to connect businesses and investors on the financial impact of sustainability. Much sustainability information today is reported from a marketing perspective, in a glossy CSR report with rampant greenwashing. […]

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The Evolution of the Annual Report

Annual reports, once a sheaf of printed paper delivered by snail mail, have evolved considerably with the expansion of digital technology. However, too often, they remain in debt to their paper-based past, reluctant to take advantage of the opportunities digitisation has presented. This week Communicate Magazine and the Evolution of the Annual Report conference have […]

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Where Next for the TCFD?

The demand for climate-related financial disclosures has been growing. However, for climate risk and resilience to make it into the heart of financial decision making, there is still more to be done to ensure climate disclosures are comprehensive, high quality and useful to investors. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, speaking at the Task-Force for Climate-Related […]

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Simplify ESG Reporting with Better Alignment

Key co-ordinating body,  the Corporate Reporting Dialogue, has reported that alignment between different ESG frameworks with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations is better than expected. In order to offer more clarity on the relationships between different ESG reporting frameworks, the Better Alignment Project has brought a varied group of standard setters together to […]

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Effective Climate Change Disclosure is Key

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, recently gave a speech on sustainable finance at the United Nations Climate Action Summit highlighting the need for effective climate disclosure to build a sustainable financial system. Carney sees the initiatives and innovations of the private sector as key to underpinning the work of governmental climate policy, […]

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UK Tackles Climate Risk with Forum

Earlier this year the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the launch of the Climate Financial Risk Forum (CFRF), holding their second meeting in July 2019. The CFRF aims to tackle climate-change related financial risks with practical tools and strategic approaches. It brings together senior representatives from the financial sector to […]

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FRC Consult on SECR Taxonomy

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has opened consultation on the draft Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) Taxonomy, with comments welcome until September 30. On April 1 2019 the UK government introduced the new SECR policy, building on the previous Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting policy to extend mandatory energy reporting to more companies. The […]

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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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