Newly released, voluntary principles can help large financial services organizations identify and mitigate climate-related financial risks and be seen as leaders in sustainable finance.
Climate-related changes have the potential to affect the safety and soundness of financial services organizations, which is why the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System jointly issued the final principles for climate-related financial risk management for large financial services organizations in October 2023.
The principles are a set of nonmandatory guidelines intended to provide a framework that can help large financial services organizations identify, assess, and manage climate-related financial risks, which can include both physical risks (such as damage from extreme weather events) and transition risks (such as changes in government policy or consumer behavior). The principles also describe how climate-related financial risks can be addressed in the management of traditional risk areas, including credit, market, liquidity, operational, and legal risks.
While the guidance is intended for large organizations, smaller organizations with material exposure to climate-related risks will also benefit from this framework, which provides a consistent resource to manage climate-related financial risks.
The guidelines define a large financial services organization as having more than $100 billion in total consolidated assets, including foreign banking organizations with combined U.S. operations of greater than $100 billion or any branch or agency of a foreign banking organization that individually has total assets of greater than $100 billion.