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[AI-CIO] 영국, 기후변화 리스크 공개 의무화 논의 (UK MPs Call for Mandatory Disclosure of Climate Change Risks)
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Parliamentary committee said a voluntary approach for asset managers would not be effective.

A UK parliamentary committee said the British government should make it mandatory for asset owners such as pension funds to report their exposure to climate change risks by 2022, as it doesn’t believe a voluntary approach will be effective.

“Climate change and other environmental problems pose financially material threats to our economy,” said the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). “In the time it takes today’s young people to reach retirement age, the projected rise in sea levels and the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events will have increasingly serious economic consequences for a range of investments.”

The committee said structural incentives encourage a focus on short-term returns, often to the neglect of longer-term considerations, such as environmental sustainability, and climate change-related risks.

“Confusion about the extent to which pension trustees have a duty to consider environmental risks can also prevent institutional investors taking action to address climate change risks,” said the committee.

It insisted that pension participants should be given greater opportunities to engage with decisions about where their money is invested.

“There is evidence that younger generations would often prefer to see their money invested in a fossil fuel-free manner,” said the committee. “They should be given greater opportunity to express this preference.”

The committee pointed out that there is currently no requirement for pension fund trustees to engage with beneficiaries when creating a statement of investment principles (SIP). There is also no requirement to communicate the SIP to beneficiaries once it is completed. The committee said the government should require fiduciaries to actively seek the views of their beneficiaries when producing SIPs.

“There is growing international momentum behind moves to encourage financial reporting on sustainability,” said the committee. “It is important to ensure that climate risk reporting applies equally to asset owners (such as pension funds) and their investment managers, not just listed companies as the government has suggested.”


원문보기: https://www.ai-cio.com/news/uk-mps-call-mandatory-disclosure-climate-change-risks/


 
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