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Diving into the SEC’s proposed climate disclosure rules

Jamie Gamble, Managing Director at PwC, and Maggie Peloso, Partner at Vinson & Elkins, dig into the details of the SEC's proposed rule on ciimate-related financial disclosure.

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While the comment period for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rule on climate-related disclosure has been extended into June, the proposal offers a solid hint as to how the final rulemaking might take shape. Jamie Gamble, Managing Director at PwC, and Maggie Peloso, Partner at Vinson & Elkins, join the show to dig into the details of the proposed rule and offer tips on what companies should be doing now … yes, right now … to prepare for the final rulemaking.

Key Talking Points:

  • What are the basics of the proposed rule (1:35)
  • Breaking down Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions (2:17)
  • The SEC departs a bit from “materiality” (3:02)
  • Key nuggets of the proposed rule (4:31)
  • Important things companies should be doing NOW to prepare (5:59)
  • The challenge of reporting physical climate risk (7:59)
  • Data, data and more data (9:50)
  • The proposal is about more than just greenhouse gas emissions (11:47)
  • A closer look at Scope 3 (13:08)
  • The role shareholders might play in shaping the future ‘materiality’ (19:39)
  • Will this rule cause companies to shy away from setting Scope 3 goals? (20:27)
  • Navigating a new form of ‘vendor risk’ (22:34)
  • Why planning ahead for this reporting matters (25:48)
  • Will this rule change the makeup of individual boards? (29:40)

More resources from Vinson & Elkins

Proposed SEC Climate Disclosures: What’s happening and what are the implications for companies?

The SEC’s Climate-Disclosures Proposed Rule – Eight Key Takeaways

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SEC Climate Risk Disclosures: What it means for companies and what business leaders should do next

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