SEC Proposed Mandatory Climate Disclosure Rules – Part 1

On March 21, 2022, the SEC proposed rules that would require publicly reporting companies to include certain climate related disclosures in their registration statements and periodic reports.  Among other information, the new disclosures would require information about climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on a company’s business, results of operations, or financial condition, and certain climate-related financial statement metrics in a note to its audited financial statements.

The proposed rule changes would require a company to disclose information about (i) the company’s governance of climate-related risks and relevant risk management processes; (ii) how any climate-related risks identified by the company have had or are likely to have a material impact on its business and consolidated financial statements, including over the short, medium, or long term; (iii) how any identified climate-related risks have affected or are likely to affect the company’s strategy, business model, and outlook; and (iv) the impact of climate-related events (severe weather events