Climate Change Disclosures Are Getting Hotter

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Since the publication of climate change disclosure guidance by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2010, the number of 10-K disclosures has seen more than a twofold increase. Climate change disclosures are disclosures of risk from severe weather events and pollution, although a company may also report opportunities arising from climate change. In general, companies reporting weather risks disclose the potential for property damage and/or temporary loss of business. Companies with significant greenhouse gas and other nuisance emissions disclose risks due to litigation and the cost of compliance with regulations imposed by governmental bodies. A few companies have disclosed opportunities arising from climate change including initiatives to develop plant-based plastics and renewable energy sources. The article provides a portrait of compliance with an emerging area of corporate risk disclosure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Corporate Accounting and Finance
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


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