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New SEC guidance on climate-related disclosures

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31 Jan 2010

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to provide public companies with interpretive guidance on certain existing disclosure rules that may require a company to disclose the impact that business or legal developments related to climate change may have on its business.

The relevant rules cover a company's risk factors, business description, legal proceedings, and management discussion and analysis. The SEC's interpretative guidance highlights the following areas as examples of where climate change may trigger disclosure requirements:
  • Impact of legislation and regulation
  • Impact of international accords
  • Indirect consequences of regulation or business trends
  • Physical impacts of climate change
Click for SEC Press Release (PDF 34k). Click for the SEC's Interpretive Release on Climate Change Disclosures(PDF 139k).

 

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