Disclosing Climate Risks: Navigating legal and practical barriers to expanded disclosure
Corporate Social Responsibility feels like a ubiquitous topic these days. One that has built an industry all its own. But the full integration of CSR into business practices, operations, and governance is an ongoing challenge for business and investors. CSR efforts on environmental topics have moved beyond generalized environmental compliance and stewardship mindsets to a focus on climate change and how to properly assess its risks. As part of this shift, the financial community (investors, banks, etc.) increasingly call for companies to release more detailed information on their approach to climate issues – their impact on the climate, their responses to its physical impacts on their operations, and how transitional risks in a changing climate and economy might affect them. US securities law, state law, legislative and regulatory efforts within the US and internationally all influence the discussion of how to properly approach this kind of disclosure.
Join HLS Environmental & Energy Law Program Staff Attorney Hana Vizcarra to learn about some of the complexities of this issue — what legal barriers companies must navigate in the pursuit of more expansive climate-related disclosure, how the pressures of various stakeholders influence companies’ efforts, how technical and practical limitations come into play when considering release of tools like scenario analyses, and to what extent competing stakeholder and legal demands may be working at cross-purposes.
Non-pizza lunch will be served.