A Boost for Climate Related Disclosures

Climate related catastrophies, including fires, floods and hurricanes, are having a massive impact on businesses and communities. It stands to reason that banks will be affected as well.  Regulators around the world who are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on financial institutions recently published a guide to help banks build resilience to climate-related risk. 

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s white paper on green and sustainable banking explains a rationale for introducing measures in this area.

In terms of disclosures and data, the paper notes that financial institutions should take the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations into account while developing an ‘appropriate’ approach to disclosing climate-related risk that enhances transparency. 

It’s good to see Hong Kong looking to the TCFD recommendations while developing climate-change risk disclosures. A logical next step would be to incorporate structured, XBRL data into mandatory non-financial disclosures, ensuring the climate-risk exposures of Hong Kong’s financial institutions can be easily analysed and compared world-wide. For more, see the XBRL International Website.