Climate Change Risks and Corporate Disclosure Responsibilities: 2018 CDP Survey Lessons and Insights
Navigating Federal and State Requirements, Private-Sector Actions, and Voluntary Reporting Frameworks
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will address common climate change risk reporting issues, the increase in voluntary sustainability reporting, disclosure guidance and sustainability reporting frameworks, and the purpose and methodologies of third-party environmental rating providers. The panel will also discuss lessons and insights from the recent CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) 2018 survey.
- Overview of climate change risk disclosure issues
- Voluntary vs. mandatory climate risk reporting
- Drivers of increased disclosures
- Disclosure guidance and reporting frameworks
- Sample corporate sustainability reports
- CDP 2018 survey: Lessons and insights
The panel will review these and other vital questions:
- What climate change risks are companies required to disclose under current state and federal laws and regulations?
- If reporting is obligated or opted-for, how should companies choose a disclosure framework that meets their operational, reputational and financial needs?
- What steps can companies and counsel take to minimize the risk that more extensive disclosures will expose them to civil litigation?
- What are best practices for weighing the many risks and benefits of disclosure, particularly in the context of voluntary disclosures?
- What are the new consequences of the latest CDP survey--a tipping point, turning point or confirmation of previous trends?
Jeffrey C. Fort
Mr. Fort Co-Directs the firm’s Climate Change group His practice has spanned decades of environmental issues, has... | Read More
Mr. Fort Co-Directs the firm’s Climate Change group His practice has spanned decades of environmental issues, has involved all environmental media and has used virtually every legal tool to advance and resolve the most challenging environmental and energy issues. Mr. Fort’s practice includes internal environmental investigations and audits, the design and implementation of environmental compliance programs and systems, and the evaluation of self-reporting and voluntary compliance strategies. He also has extensive experience with complex air regulation and permitting matters and with creating and transferring emission credits, as well as with issues related to contaminated sediments and remedial options. Mr. Fort also has extensive experience in auditing and verifying compliance matters.Close
Executive Director, North America
Mr. Schuwerk is an attorney working on Carbon Tracker’s U.S. regulatory and legal strategy and activities. Prior... | Read More
Mr. Schuwerk is an attorney working on Carbon Tracker’s U.S. regulatory and legal strategy and activities. Prior to joining Carbon Tracker, he worked as a securities litigator for a large New York law firm and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York’s Environmental Protection Bureau.Close
Andrew R. Stewart
Mr. Stewart counsels clients on a broad range of compliance and enforcement matters. With over 20 years of experience... | Read More
Mr. Stewart counsels clients on a broad range of compliance and enforcement matters. With over 20 years of experience in environmental law, he handles matters arising under all major federal environmental laws as well as state laws, including the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act , and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Mr. Stewart’s work includes assisting clients in the oil and gas and chemical manufacturing industries on permitting requirements, counseling on critical environmental obligations, and defense of government enforcement and citizen suit actions. He regularly advises companies on making voluntary disclosures under both the U.S. EPA Audit Policy and state voluntary disclosure programs.Close