SEC proposes climate-related disclosure rule

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed amendments to current rules that would require foreign and domestic registrants to disclose climate-related information in their periodic reports and registration statements.  The purpose of the proposed rules is to enhance and standardize climate-related risk disclosures.

The disclosures required by the proposed rules would cover, among others:

  • The way the registrant identifies, assesses and manages climate-relate risks, and how such processes are integrated into overall risk management strategies;
  • Oversight of climate-related risk by the registrant’s board and management, and governance thereof;
  • Whether a transition plan has been adopted as part of a registrant’s risk management strategy, and if so, what does the plan entail;
  • The effect of climate-related events on a registrant’s financial statements, estimates and assumptions;
  • The carbon footprint and emissions of a registrant’s business, and;
  • Climate-related goals and the registrant’s progress toward meeting those goals.

The rules specify the types of filings that would be required to include climate-related disclosures, and also provide for a phase-in period for different classes of registrants and filers.

The proposed rules will be open for public comment for at least 60 days.

SEC press release | Proposed rule | Fact sheet 

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