Discussion papers

Briefing on biodiversity, deforestation and forest degradation disclosure in the EU

This briefing provides an overview of the findings of "The State of EU Environmental disclosures in 2020" review with respect to biodiversity, deforestation, and forest degradation disclosures and provides recommendations for companies, policymakers and regulators. It complements two further topic briefings on climate-related and on water-related disclosure.

Briefing: environmental and climate-related disclosure under the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive

In May 2020 CDSB published the "Falling short" report. In this report we reviewed the environmental and climate-related disclosures of Europe’s 50 largest listed companies under the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), in 2019.

The briefings below summarise the findings and recommendations of the report with respect to specific topics or select EU countries.

Implications of climate science for financial markets

Synthesis of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Global Warming of 1.5°C special report for financial policymakers.

Roadmap for adopting the TCFD recommendations

Under France’s presidency there is the opportunity and urgent need for G7 countries to take action to strengthen climate-related financial disclosures. This roadmap is designed for consideration by the French G7 Presidency and the G7 Ministers of Finance and Environment.

How can companies considering TCFD recommended scenario analysis provide disclosures that help investors: a short guide

This short guide by CDSB Technical Working Group member, Dr Jane Thostrup Jagd proposes a two-stage process to create key outputs from scenario analysis to be disclosed within mainstream reports that help investors in comparing and aggregating company data to portfolio-level data.


Uncharted waters: how can companies use financial accounting standards to deliver on the TCFD recommendations?

This paper focuses on IFRS 7, 9, 15, 17 and IAS 36 and 37, exploring some of the main points applied to traditional financial instruments and how they could help organizations report information about climate-related risks and opportunities in their mainstream report.

Position paper: Materiality and climate-related financial disclosures

In this paper, CDSB looks at what the TCFD and other mainstream reporting requirements says about the application of materiality to climate-related financial disclosures, trying to understand the main challenges and potential solutions for an effective materiality judgement process.

Position paper on relevance & materiality, organisational boundaries and assurance

The purpose of this document is to explain the positions that CDSB has adopted in relation to three key themes in the CDSB Framework for Reporting Environmental Information and Natural Capital (the “CDSB Framework”). These are: relevance and materiality; organisational boundary setting; and assurance.

Considerations for reporting and disclosure in a carbon-constrained world

This paper by Carbon Tracker and CDSB is designed to assist the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures members in assessing the ‘carbon bubble’ concept and ‘stranded asset’ risks inherent in the business-as-usual strategies of many fossil fuel companies.

Proposals for reporting on Carbon Asset Stranding Risks

This discussion paper addressing CASRs in mainstream reports proposes both amendments to existing legislation and new requirements to reporting laws, standards and practices. The proposed changes are designed to encourage companies to account for and report in a way that enables investors and other users of mainstream corporate reports to identify, assess and respond to CASRs.

Proposals for boundary setting in mainstream reports: discussion paper on organisational boundary setting by groups of companies or non-financial reporting purposes

This discussion paper explores the issue of organisations boundary setting for non-financial reporting purposes and offers some answers to the challenges identified.