Advancing Meaningful Climate Action from TCFD Disclosures

TCFD reporting is gaining increased support, and there has been a rise in  climate disclosures, but are current disclosures decision-useful? 

In response to the increasing impacts of climate change on businesses, both now and in the future, more companies have been publishing climate disclosures following TCFD recommendations to promote transparency, efficiency and resilience. To help assess and enhance the usefulness of disclosures, WSP conducted a study using 50 TCFD disclosures cutting through multiple sectors and geographies and developed a maturity framework to assess companies’ TCFD disclosures. 

TCFD: Is it useful?

The purpose of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations is to help investors, insurers, and underwriters assess climate risk within their portfolios. Since the recommendations were released in 2017, there has been a steady uptake of TCFD-aligned climate disclosures. However, many investors and stakeholders do not find current disclosures useful in making climate-informed investment decisions. There is often a lack of consistency and sufficient detail between the disclosures, making comparisons challenging. Investors need to understand the maturity of investee companies to assess and manage climate change risks and opportunities. 

In WSP’s latest study, Advancing Meaningful Climate Action from TCFD Disclosures, we study TCFD disclosures and, leveraging patterns within the TCFD data, propose a method for assessing a company’s climate maturity by leveraging climate disclosures. The maturity model may be a useful tool for assisting investors and other stakeholders in assessing the climate-readiness of companies by leveraging climate disclosures, thereby making disclosure more decision-useful. 

Climate change and financial risk disclosures: what you should know 

The study uncovered the following key findings, which can be leveraged to enable smart, informed and cost-effective decisions for portfolios, helping to mitigate risk and minimize disruptions. 

TCFD Insight1-500

The study identified sectoral and regional variations in disclosures, that can be tied to a lack of formal governance structure or strategic frameworks in certain regions.

TCFD Insight2-500

TCFD disclosures can help identify the maturity of a company, aiding investors in assessing a company’s understanding of climate change impact on business and their level of preparedness.

TCFD Insight3-500

The maturity model, developed through the Benchmarking Tool, helps inform a set of narratives to help companies understand how to advance to the next phase.

Meet our contributors: Get to know the experts behind the study

Emily Wasley
Senior Project Director and Future Ready Advisor
United States
Rick Alsop
Advisor, Climate Change & Resilience, Environment
Daniel Gribbin
Corporate Sustainability Leader
United Arab Emirates
Michael Mondshine
Vice President and Director of Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change
United States
Katharine Thorogood
Senior Consultant, Environment & Sustainability
United Kingdom
Kieran Power
National Lead for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
Brigitte Hicks
Coordinator SHE - Sustainability
New Zealand

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