Summary of Key Changes and Clarifications to the TCFD Report and Annex (June 2017)

Summary of Key Changes and Clarifications to the TCFD Report and Annex (June 2017)

Below is a summary of key changes and clarifications to the Task Force’s report and annex.

Application of Recommendations
  • Added explanation that the Task Force’s recommendations were developed to apply broadly across sectors and jurisdictions and should not be seen as superseding national disclosure requirements.
  • Highlighted that organizations should make financial disclosures in accordance with their national disclosure requirements.
  • Added that if certain elements of the recommendations are incompatible with national disclosure requirements, the Task Force encourages organizations to disclose those elements in other official company reports.
Principle of Materiality and Location of Disclosure
  • Clarified which recommendations are subject to materiality assessment.
    • Disclosures related to the Strategy and Metrics and Targets recommendations are subject to materiality assessment.
    • Disclosures related to Governance and Risk Management recommendations should be included in annual financial filings, independent of an assessment of materiality.
  • Defined “financial filings” as follows:

Financial filings refer to the annual reporting packages in which organizations are required to deliver their audited financial results under the corporate, compliance, or securities laws of the jurisdictions in which they operate. While reporting requirements differ internationally, financial filings generally contain financial statements and other information such as governance statements and management commentary.

  • Encourage organizations in the four non-financial groups that have more than one billion U.S. dollar equivalent (USDE) in annual revenue to consider disclosing information related to strategy and metrics and targets in other official company reports when the information is not deemed material and not included in financial filings.
  • Clarified that “other official company reports” are those that are issued at least annually, widely distributed and available to investors and others, and subject to internal governance processes that are the same or substantially similar to those used for financial reporting.
Financial Impacts
  • Added a section to the annex to address public feedback requesting clearer linking of climate-related risks and opportunities and associated financial impacts.
Scenario Analysis
  • Simplified recommended disclosure (c) under Strategy (related to scenarios) and the related guidance to focus on resiliency of an organization’s strategy to climate risks and opportunities.
  • Clarified organizations should consider scenarios with increased physical climate-related risks where such risks are relevant.
  • Established a threshold for organizations that should consider conducting more robust scenario analysis to assess the resilience of their strategies (organizations with annual revenue greater than 1B USDE in the four non-financial groups).
Remuneration
  • Expanded the guidance on remuneration to all organizations that have identified climate-related risks as material.
Supplemental Guidance
  • For asset owners and asset managers, changed the recommended carbon footprinting metric from GHG emissions associated with investments normalized for every million of the reporting currency invested to a weighted average carbon intensity metric.
  • For non-financial groups, streamlined the supplemental guidance to reduce redundancy and streamlined non-financial metrics tables by focusing on key metrics, eliminating redundant metrics, and ensuring consistent terminology.

Summary of Key Changes and Clarifications to the TCFD Report and Annex (June 2017)