In 2021, 400 companies (80%) from the S&P 500 index, worth over US$28.2 trillion in market capitalization, responded to CDP’s climate change questionnaire. This analysis explores the alignment of the disclosures with the recommendations of the TCFD and additionally provide insights into the reported financial impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities.
A landmark development in the United States is the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) announcement of its proposed climate disclosure rule. The SEC’s rule largely tracks the TCFD recommendations and S&P 500 companies providing a high-quality disclosure through CDP are well prepared for the SEC requirements. The number of CDP climate change disclosers from the index have increased about 10% over the last five years.