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Majority of Asset Managers and Owners Follow TCFD Guides: Report

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Most asset managers and owners are reporting their climate performance data in line with the disclosure framework that’s thought most likely to be adopted as a global standard.

The latest annual survey by the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) found that 70 per cent of managers and 84 per cent of asset owners reported climate-related data to their stakeholders last year. Of the former, more than four fifths report in line with at least one of the TCFD’s 11 recommended disclosures, while half of asset owners followed the organisation’s guidelines.

The TCFD disclosures with which most asset managers were aligned were those covering the reporting of climate related metrics as well as risks and opportunities. Asset owners placed greater focus on risk management recommendations.

The materiality of climate-related risks to their business was given as the most common reason why both groups reported such data, while asset owners gave equal weight to regulatory requirements.

The annual report highlighted how TCFD has become the go-to reporting framework for financial institutions, a point underlined by the incorporation of its recommendations into the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) own set of disclosure guidelines. The ISSB, which was created in 2021, is widely expected to form the backbone of any globally accepted standard on ESG disclosures.

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