Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) is a voluntary initiative that was established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board, an international body that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system. The TCFD was created to develop a set of recommended climate-related disclosures that companies and financial institutions can use to better inform investors, shareholders and the public of their climate-related financial risks.

The main goal of the TCFD is to encourage companies and financial institutions to disclose consistent, reliable, and comparable information about their climate-related risks and opportunities. This information helps investors, lenders, insurers, and other stakeholders make more informed decisions by understanding how climate-related factors might impact an organization’s financial performance in the short, medium, and long term.

The TCFD provides a framework for organizations to disclose climate-related information across four key areas: (1) Governance: Describing the organization’s governance structure and processes for managing climate-related risks and opportunities; (2) Strategy: Explaining how climate-related risks and opportunities are integrated into the organization’s overall business strategy, including scenarios for different climate-related pathways; (3) Risk Management: Disclosing the organization’s processes for identifying, assessing, and managing climate-related risks; and (4) Metrics and Targets: Providing specific metrics and targets related to climate-related risks and opportunities, such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and other relevant indicators.

The TCFD’s recommendations aim to standardize the way companies report on climate-related information, making it easier for investors and other stakeholders to compare and analyze data across different organizations. By promoting better transparency and understanding of climate-related risks, the TCFD seeks to encourage the shift towards a more sustainable and resilient global financial system. The framework has gained significant support from governments, businesses, financial institutions, and investors worldwide, as it helps promote a more accurate assessment of climate-related risks and opportunities and encourages organizations to integrate climate considerations into their decision-making processes.