Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of financial systems globally and there is increasing pressure on organisations to provide greater transparency with respect to their exposure to climate-related financial risk. In New Zealand currently, organisations provide limited or no information on the implications of climate change risk to their business, or are reporting in inconsistent ways.
Mandating climate-related financial disclosures for large New Zealand entities is expected to achieve greater transparency, enable climate risk to be adequately priced in capital markets using materiality based comparable information, and help the Government in achieving its zero carbon target by 2050.
MfE has indicated that around 200 entities in New Zealand will be required to make disclosures. This includes:
Overseas incorporated organisations will be required to make disclosures if they are over the thresholds indicated above.
Large, privately held organisations are exempt from the disclosure requirements.
Impacted organisations will be required to comply or explain with the disclosure reporting requirements, which will be based against standards issued by the External Reporting Board (XRB). These standards will be developed in line with the Task Force on Climate Change-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, and will require organisations to assess the risks and opportunities of climate to their business across four thematic areas: Governance, strategy, risk management, metrics and targets.
While this amendment to the Financial Markets Conduct Act (2013) still needs to be approved by Parliament, impacted organisations could be required to make disclosures as early as 2023.
The XRB intends to move quickly in developing the reporting standards including the development of industry specific disclosure requirements. They will be developing materiality criteria and hope that the ones that already exist in financial reporting will be sufficient, but that still needs to be tested.
Identifying, assessing, managing and reporting on your climate-related risks and opportunities will strengthen your core business and help meet growing stakeholder expectations, including the Government’s disclosure requirements. Please contact us if you like to learn more about the tools and services we can provide to support you.
Climate governance maturity and climate-competent boards
Climate governance training for board directors, equipping them to take decisions that are informed by an awareness and understanding of the financial threats and opportunities posed by climate change
A risk based review of corporate governance processes, focusing on the applicability of companies’ existing processes to management of climate risks
Climate-related financial disclosure readiness
Climate risk readiness assessment – understand the alignment of your current public disclosures to the TCFD recommendations
Strategic and tactical recommendations to position your business to address climate opportunities and risks and the actions that need to be taken to get ‘disclosure ready’
Climate scenario analysis
Scenario analysis to understand the climate implications for your business. This involves applying a number of possible futures to your business to test strategic resilience and management response options
Identification and quantification of business risks caused by climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, integration across enterprise risk management frameworks, and reporting support