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Basel Committee issues principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks

On 15 June 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) issued principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks. The 18 principles are intended to promote a principles-based approach to improving both banks’ risk management and supervisors’ practices related to climate-related financial risks. They cover corporate governance, internal controls, risk … Continue Reading

US SEC proposes new ESG disclosure rules for funds and advisers

On May 25, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules to enhance the regulatory framework for disclosures concerning investment funds and investment advisers’ environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) investing strategies (the Proposed Rules).  If adopted, the Proposed Rules would require SEC-registered advisers to include ESG factors and strategies for investors in fund … Continue Reading

NGFS publishes its 2022-2024 work program

On 30 May 2022, the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) published its new work program, detailing its priorities for the next two years. The new work program will be undertaken by four work streams and two task forces: Work stream on Supervision – Chaired by Mr Jamey Hubbs … Continue Reading

US SEC settlement demonstrates the risks to investment advisers of using ESG investment decision-making metrics

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been increasingly vocal about its view that environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures can be material to investors. To help combat ESG disclosure violations, the SEC created a Climate and Risk Task Force within the Division of Enforcement. As a result of the Task Force’s efforts, on … Continue Reading

FSB launches consultation on supervisory and regulatory approaches to climate-related risks

On 29 April 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a report setting out certain recommendations that are intended to assist supervisory authorities in developing their approaches to monitor, manage and mitigate cross-sectoral and system-wide risks arising from climate change and promote consistent approaches across sectors and jurisdictions. The report: Examines supervisory and regulatory reporting … Continue Reading

NGFS acknowledges that nature-related risks could have significant macroeconomic and financial implications

On 24 March 2022, the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) issued a statement on nature-related financial risks. Among other things the statement notes that on the basis of available scientific evidence, the NGFS is of the view that nature-related risks, including those associated with biodiversity loss, could have significant macro-economic implications, and that … Continue Reading

IOSCO 2022 sustainable finance work plan

On 14 March 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published its work plan to develop sustainable finance. Among other things IOSCO plans to review the soon-to-be-published IFRS International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Exposure Drafts of proposed climate and general sustainability disclosure requirements, as well as the final standards when they are produced. The … Continue Reading

IOSCO final report ESG Ratings and Data Products Providers

On 23 November 2021, the Board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report with a set of recommendations calling for oversight of ESG Ratings and Data Product Providers. The use of ESG ratings and data products has grown considerably in response to investors’ mounting interest in investing in companies that … Continue Reading

Speech given by Erik Thedéen, Chair IOSCO Sustainable Finance Task Force at the Green Horizon Summit

On 4 November 2021, Erik Thedéen, the Chair of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Sustainable Finance Task Force gave a speech at the Green Horizons Summit during COP26, to discuss the IOSCO’s recent work on sustainable finance. The IOSCO’s work has focused on issuers and asset managers’ disclosures, alongside the role of ESG … Continue Reading

IIF launches new guidance template to support effective climate disclosures

On 3 November 2021, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) launched a new TCFD Guidance Template to help financial institutions align their climate-related disclosures with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), with a focus on the banking sector. Drawing in observed industry practices, including mapping and benchmarking of TCFD reports … Continue Reading

IOSCO recommendations on sustainability-related practices, policies, procedures and disclosure in asset management

On 2 November 2021, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report containing a set of  recommendations on sustainability-related practices, policies, procedures and disclosure in asset management.  The final report also sets out the findings from IOSCO fact finding exercises that included a survey of its members concerning regulatory and supervisory approaches … Continue Reading

UNEP FI first collective progress report on the UN Principles for Responsible Banking

On 15 October 2021, the United Nations’ Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) published its first collective progress report on the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB). The PRB commit signatories to aligning their business strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Since the launch of the PRB in … Continue Reading

TCFD status report for 2021

  On 14 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) issued a status report for 2021. The status report provides an update on key TCFD-related developments and initiatives as well as the results of the TCFD’s annual review of climate-related reporting. The status report also contains key findings … Continue Reading

OECD reports on climate transition

On 4 October 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published: A report ‘ESG investing and climate transition: Market practices, issues and policy considerations’. The report highlights the main findings from recent OECD research on ESG rating and investing. It offers policy considerations to strengthen ESG practices to foster global interoperability and comparability, … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on ESG ratings and data providers

On 26 July 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a consultation report intended to assist its members in understanding the implications of the activities of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings and data providers and in establishing frameworks to mitigate risks stemming from these activities. The consultation report has five chapters: Chapter … Continue Reading

FSB publishes three climate-related reports

On 7 July 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its Chair, Randal K. Quarles, to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their 9 – 10 July 2021 meeting. Among other things the letter stresses the need for coordinated action to address financial risks posed by climate change, noting … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on sustainability-related regulatory and supervisory expectations in asset management

On 30 June 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a consultation report on recommendations for sustainability-related practices, policies, procedures and disclosure in asset management. The consultation report focuses on investor protection issues and proposes that securities regulators consider setting regulatory and supervisory expectations for asset managers regarding sustainability-related risks and opportunities. The … Continue Reading

IOSCO report on issuers’ sustainability-related disclosures

On 28 June 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a report on issuers’ sustainability-related disclosures. The report: Provides background and context to IOSCO’s work in the area of sustainability disclosures. Summarises the work that IOSCO has done to develop its vision for an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) under the International Financial … Continue Reading

House Passes Bill Directing Disclosure of ESG Metrics

On June 16, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1187, the “ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2021” (“Act”), by a 215-214 vote. The Act, if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Biden, would direct the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) to issue rules requiring public … Continue Reading

NGFS publishes the second vintage of climate scenarios for forward looking climate risks assessment

On 7 June 2021, the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) announced the following new documents: A new set of climate scenarios. In this second vintage, the NGFS scenarios have been brought up to date, including by incorporating countries’ commitments to reach net-zero emissions. They have also been enriched with an expanded set of … Continue Reading

TCFD public consultation

On 7 June 2021, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) issued two documents for public comment: Proposed Guidance on Climate-related Metrics, Targets, and Transition Plans. When the TCFD issued its Final Recommendations in 2017, it was aware of the limitations of reporting certain metrics as well as the nascency of climate-related reporting at … Continue Reading

UNEPFI guidance on financial inclusion and financial health target setting

On 11 May 2021, the United Nations Environment Programme published guidance on financial inclusion and financial health target setting. The guidance supports signatory banks in their efforts to set targets for financial inclusion and financial health, in line with the requirements of the Principles for Responsible Banking. Using the guide, banks can understand how to … Continue Reading

UNEPFI – Guidelines for Climate Target Setting for Banks

On 21 April 2021, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) published guidelines for climate targets setting for banks. The guidelines outline key principles to underpin the setting of credible, robust, impactful and ambitious targets in line with achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The guidelines outline four principles for target-setting: Banks shall … Continue Reading

Basel Committee report on climate-related risk drivers and their transmission channels

On 14 April 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a report ‘Climate-related risk drivers and their transmission channels’. The report explores how climate-related financial risks can arise and impact both banks and the banking system. By synthesising existing literature, it illustrates how physical and transition climate risk drivers affect banks’ financial … Continue Reading
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