Sustainability

Mosaic has a team of experts ready to accompany our financial services clients on their sustainability journey, including Climate-Related Disclosures.
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We can support the full lifecycle of climate-related disclosure, from understanding the current state and the gap to the desired state, to establishing a roadmap for a robust delivery, and implementation.

The Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) amended in 2021, requires that Climate Reporting Entities (CREs), specified by a threshold of capital or assets, report their climate-related risks using a set of standards developed by the External Reporting Board (XRB).

In order for CREs to take the most benefit from the new requirement, it should be considered as more than just a compliance exercise. In that sense, it is quite similar to conduct risk and associated remediation: the disclosure may lead to structural changes and transform the way a CRE considers its future.

"Perfect is the enemy of done" – because of the complexity brought by the disclosure requirements, it may be preferable to start early and small, and grow in maturity in the subsequent iterations.

Common Issues

  • Approaching these new disclosure requirements can be a challenge as CREs need to be transparent about their governance and strategic analysis and approach.
  • It will be essential for senior leadership (both at Board and management levels) to be engaged actively during the activities supporting the disclosure, to ensure a successful integration of new processes in the business model and strategic alignment.
  • Climate related data is constantly evolving. Financed emissions require an intimate understanding of the businesses lending and investments, and physical risk modelling will become more sophisticated over time.
  • It is likely that the full palette of services and products that a business provides do not contribute equally to climate-related risks, so defining boundaries in the initial analysis phase can focus key activity on materiality considerations.

Beyond Year 1

Adoption provisions allow for more time to determine the quantification of current and anticipated impacts due to climate risks. Assumptions on the model used will be essential to understanding the limitations and prudential degree associated with the impact estimations.

Transition planning (i.e. how to align the business model to the target state - a decarbonised world) will need to disclose sufficient details on the engagement and implementation strategies, and identify a monitoring strategy to be of value, and need to be endorsed by senior leadership.

Finally, scope 3 emissions are by far the more complex emissions to capture, which includes the scope of financed emissions. Models and estimations for financed emissions will need to keep improving over time to be a decision-useful metric.

Recent Work

Mosaic has experts available to support you. 

Expertise includes:

  • Project Management for the production of the Climate Related Disclosure (under the voluntary regime).
  • Subject Matter Expertise, demonstrated through analysis of current state, gap analysis, recommendations of way forward, including considerations on record keeping.
  • Analysis of data providers for addressing physical risk and specific financed emissions needs.
  • Validation of methodology calculation for specific metrics from data providers.
  • Workshop facilitation for scenario analysis, climate risks and opportunities.
  • Supporting client CRD projects with temporary team members who have relevant climate experience.
  • Operational Emission Calculation: Expertise in data collection and operational emissions calculation.
  • Draft Disclosure Generation: Experienced in creating climate-related financial disclosures.
  • Traceability Matrix Development: Skilled in mapping disclosures to requirements with traceability matrices.

Our partners

Sustainability is a complex environment to navigate, with specific subject matter expertise. We have established partnerships to augment our capabilities and service offering:

Informed.City

The Informed.City team brings a wealth of climate-related expertise, leveraging their experience to advise a range of New Zealand and Australasian clients spanning financial, corporate and government sectors.

Concretely, our partnership with Informed.City will deepen the advisory and support provided through the lifecycle of the CRD and underlying processes, especially so for scenario analysis and the determination of anticipated impacts. Combined with Mosaic, Informed.City’s deep expertise can supplement and support training for team members leading climate-related activity.

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Manifest Climate

Manifest Climate's platform enables efficient and reliable evaluation of disclosure documents against regulatory frameworks and peers.

Gaps which are identified help to form an action plan; with linkage between regulatory requirement and specific statements is performed by the platform.

The New Zealand Climate Standards within the platform accelerate the implementation to tackle any remaining requirements.

The modularity of the platform will allow great flexibility for other emerging standards (such as Australia Climate standards and Nature-Related standards).

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