Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

Climate change: Disclosures

Katharine Blue, U.S. sustainability services leader for KPMG, highlights the necessity for disclosing the risks of climate change, which many companies are not yet adequately disclosing.

The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017 found that three-quarters of the largest companies worldwide by revenue (the G250) don’t acknowledge climate change as a financial risk. And nearly half of the largest 100 U.S. companies by revenue (the N100) don’t acknowledge financial risks of climate change in annual reports.

In 2015, Mark Carney, chairman of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and chair and governor of the Bank of England, formed the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the first international initiative to examine climate change in the context of financial stability.

There are two types of risk: physical and transition risks that should be reviewed for disclosure.

The referenced article provides valuable insight into this ever-growing issue, for which the lack of attention poses disclosure gaps/risks.  

http://ww2.cfo.com/risk-management/2017/11/companies-struggle-quantify-climate-risk/

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