With many emerging markets highly exposed to climate-related risks, the response of private companies in vulnerable regions is not only instrumental to tackling the climate emergency but also essential to building robust and resilient economies. Despite this, many corporations operating in these geographies do not yet sufficiently consider their exposure to risks from the physical impacts of climate change and those arising from the transition to low-carbon economies when making business and investment decisions.
A previous FT Digital Dialogue compared climate-related financial disclosure levels in emerging and developed markets and how any disclosure gap is likely to affect emerging market corporates’ access to capital. This event, organised in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), focused on the practical steps companies in emerging markets could take to manage climate risks and identify new business opportunities. How can organisations best integrate key climate-related risk strategies and strengthen climate-related financial management and disclosure? What progress has been made in emerging markets and in which key ways can comprehensive climate-related financial management and disclosure be a competitive advantage when accessing capital?