On 29 October 2020, the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) task force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD) published its 2020 status report on TCFD-aligned disclosures by firms.
The FSB established the TCFD in 2015 and tasked it with developing a set of voluntary, consistent disclosure recommendations for use by companies in providing information to investors, lenders and insurance underwriters about their climate-related financial risks. After public consultation the TCFD finalised a set of recommendations in 2017 setting out the disclosures that a wide range of users and preparers of financial filings have said are essential to understanding a company’s climate-related risks and opportunities.
The status report now published finds that disclosure of climate-related financial information aligned with the TCFD recommendations has steadily increased since their publication in 2017. However, the report also notes the continuing need for progress in improving levels of TCFD-aligned disclosures given the urgent demand for consistency and comparability in reporting.