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Reporting Climate Resilience: The Challenges Ahead
Calendar24 July 2018

This new report from Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Center and CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), reviews three key challenges organizations are facing in implementing the TCFD recommendations and the shift to assessing climate risks and opportunities.

Unsurprisingly, stakeholders are looking for greater transparency on the implications of climate-related events and trends for an organization’s financial performance.

As a result, organizations are making efforts to better understand how climate change is impacting the organization, and to assess their resilience to these changes. This new focus on climate resilience represents a major shift in thinking for most organizations, however, and many are unsure where to start.

Enter the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Established by Mark Carney and Michael Bloomberg, the TCFD created a set of recommendations to help organizations disclose information on climate-related risks and opportunities in a consistent, comparable and reliable way.

Though the recommendations are voluntary, one year since their release in June 2017, the push for increased climate risk disclosure is rapidly growing with support from the investor community, associations, companies, and policy makers.

Reporting Climate Resilience: The Challenges Ahead, developed by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Center and CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), identifies the three key challenges organizations are facing in implementing the recommendations. While the challenges outlined in this report are substantial, the Global Risk Center and CDP will publish follow-on research with guidance for overcoming these challenges in early 2019.

 

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