The joint stance behind the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) comes as the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future release a guide to help other Nordic companies begin the process of implementing the TCFD recommendations.
The Norwegian Finance Ministry, the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future, and the Oslo Stock Exchange declared their support for the TCFD recommendations – Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, demonstrating a commitment to building a more resilient financial system and safeguarding against climate risk through better disclosures. Norway joins other Nordic countries – Sweden and Denmark – in its support of the TCFD, bringing the total number of national governments endorsing the Task Force’s work to 12.
To help boost further TCFD support across Nordic countries, the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future developed a guide – “Climate Risk Management, a Guide to Getting Started” – based on their own experiences on how to get started with implementing the TCFD recommendations. The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future was created in 2018 to inspire joint leadership and action towards delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“What gets measured, gets managed and that is why reporting climate-related financial information is critical if we are to achieve net zero by 2050. The bedrock of this approach is the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Developed by the market for the market, the TCFD is the gold standard for climate reporting. As the first regional group to mobilize behind the TCFD, the Nordic CEOs Sensitivity: Internal for a Sustainable Future are further catalysing its adoption in Europe and globally. I look forward to discussing Nordic companies’ leadership in this space and what we have left to accomplish.”Mark Carney, Finance Adviser for COP26 and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and
Companies represented in the group include Equinor, Marel, Swedbank, Storebrand Group, GSMA, Íslandsbanki, Finnair, Telia Company, Posten Norge, SAS, Schibsted, Telenor Group and Yara International. Many of the group’s members already report aligned with the TCFD recommendations, and those who are not already reporting, commit to doing so starting from the reporting year 2021.
Further, they recommend other Nordic companies consider integrating the recommendations in their own operations and throughout their value chains no later than by reporting year 2021.
“This announcement helps solidify support for the TCFD recommendations across one of the mostMike Bloomberg, Chairman of the TCFD and Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies
innovative and dynamic regions of the global economy, and it’s another important step towards making
the TCFD framework the global standard. More transparency around risks and opportunities will do a lot
to accelerate global progress on climate change, and this endorsement helps build momentum at a
critical time in the lead-up to COP26 in November.”
The Task Force’s recommendations have been broadly endorsed by companies, regulators, governments, central banks, and financial institutions across the world. Today, there are over 2,150 supporters including companies with a market cap of nearly $23 trillion and nearly 1,000 financial firms responsible for over $180 trillion in assets.
The TCFD recommendations have gathered momentum as a foundational framework for future global climate reporting standards. Recent developments in this area include the European Commission’s reference to the TCFD in its Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Further, the Financial Stability Board, the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the World Economic Forum and others have embraced the efforts of the IFRS Foundation to develop a global climate standard with the TCFD as the foundation.
“The transition to a low carbon economy requires large private investments and represents both risksJan Tore Sanner, Minister of Finance, Norway
and opportunities for companies. Better and more comparable climate-related information from
companies is therefore an essential tool for both investors and supervisors. In 2019, the Norwegian
Government endorsed the TCFD recommendations and communicated an expectation that large
companies disclose climate-related information in line with the TCFD framework. Today, we reiterate
our endorsement by becoming an official supporter of the TCFD.”
“Supporting an accelerated transition towards sustainable finance is a key objective in the strategic planØivind Amundsen, CEO Oslo Børs & Member of the Managing Board Euronext
for Euronext including Oslo Børs. We encourage our listed companies to implement the
recommendations of the TCFD. Transparent and consistent climate-related disclosure is critical in order
to effectively mobilise private capital towards a greener and more climate-resilient economy.”
Soucre: Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future, TCFD