Governance in brief — FCA and FRC publish findings on climate change disclosure — improvements required

Published on: 06 Sep, 2022

At the end of July, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published the findings of their first joined up, and mutually complementary, reviews of mandatory climate reporting under the new Listing Rule requirements.

The FCA sets out its expectations for compliant reporting, underpinned by the need to establish and embed adequate climate reporting procedures, systems and controls at companies. It outlines the findings from its review and highlights that it is considering whether to take regulatory action against certain listed entities for inadequate reporting.

The FCA also reiterates support for the forthcoming International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) standards and the intention to move away from ‘comply or explain’ to mandatory disclosure alongside the adoption of those standards in the UK.

The FRC’s complementary report evaluated both the quality of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the extent of climate-related disclosures within the financial statements. It provides examples of better practice disclosures which both the FRC and the FCA encourage companies to refer to when preparing or seeking to improve their own disclosures.


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