Climate change reporting is top regulatory concern, and corporates need urgent attention to get transition plans and other moving parts in order, joint report concludes

Climate change reporting is crucial for risk mitigation

Climate change reporting is crucial for risk mitigation

12 July 2022, Hong Kong – Listed companies in Hong Kong must make haste and take steps to get their transition plans and other moving parts in order to comply with emerging global sustainability reporting standards as the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB BoardTM) gets ready to finalise them within this year. That is a key conclusion of Climate Change Reporting: Imminent, Challenging & Mandatory – The Opening Moves, a report co-authored by The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (HKCGI), CLP Holdings Limited (CLP) and KPMG China.

Ashley Alder, Chief Executive of the Securities and Futures Commission and Chair, Board, International Organization of Securities Commissions commenting on the report stated “Hong Kong’s potential adoption of these standards has enormous significance” and he goes on to note that the joint report “presents a timely perspective on the key issues listed companies will need to consider.” Bonnie Y Chan, Head of Listing, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) noted that “HKEX will continue to review our Rules and Regulations to further enhance climate disclosures, taking into account the state-of-readiness and capabilities of our issuers”.

The report outlines key challenges and focus areas for companies as they prepare for the upcoming standards. On 31 March 2022, the ISSB Board released two proposed standards, one dealing with general sustainability-related disclosure requirements and the other on climate-related disclosure requirements.

In Hong Kong, the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group expressed its support for adopting the two standards issued by the ISSB Board. The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) are also engaging with industry practitioners on how to best apply the proposed requirements. It is expected that reporting under the ISSB Board’s standards will become mandatory for listed companies.

Pat Woo

Pat Woo, Partner, Head of Environment, Social and Governance, Hong Kong, KPMG China, says:

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Climate change is a strategic issue requiring board oversight. Failure to take appropriate steps can expose a company to material business risks. Companies preparing climate reporting under the ISSB Board’s climate proposal to address climate-related disclosures should adopt a strategic lens and ensure their reporting serves as an appropriate risk mitigation.

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As regulators and investors are increasingly demanding transparency on how businesses deliver on climate goals and address climate-related issues, companies should adopt a strategic lens and ensure their climate reporting serves as an appropriate risk mitigation.

Eddie Ng

Eddie Ng, Partner, Business Reporting and Sustainability, KPMG China, says:

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The processes underpinning the ISSB Board’s climate reporting involve significant efforts. A light touch approach could result in substantial risk management issues if a company fails to fully understand and act on the impacts of climate change on its business.

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Based on a survey among governance professionals in Hong Kong, held during the Climate Change Reporting – Changes Are Coming Quickly webinar hosted by HKCGI, found that only one in seven respondents (14 percent) expressed that their companies had already set a climate transition plan. In addition, only 17 percent of the respondents advised that their companies had prepared a climate-related scenario analysis.

David Simmonds FCG HKFCG, Vice-President and Chairman of the Membership Committee, HKCGI; Chief Strategy, Sustainability and Governance Officer, CLP says: “Increasing requirements for climate reporting and climate action is the clear direction of travel which no business can ignore and this report contains a host of timely, valuable and practical recommendations for all business in tackling these issues.”


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