Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures: 2019 Status Report
This is the second status report on adoption of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has delivered to the FSB. 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:
Disclosure of climate-related financial information has increased since 2016, but is still insufficient for investors.
More clarity is needed on the potential financial impact of climate-related issues on companies.
Of companies using scenarios, the majority do not disclose information on the resilience of their strategies.
Mainstreaming climate-related issues requires the involvement of multiple functions.
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.