Impact of weather events on corporate earnings quantified

Written by staff reporter

Evidence of the impact of climate risk is found across all sectors, geographies, and seasons, according to a study carried out by S&P Global Ratings. The average materiality on earnings for the small number of companies that quantified it is a significant 6%.

As such, climate risk is a prevalent topic of discussion for the CEOs of publicly traded companies, and management teams are becoming increasingly accountable for understanding and mitigating the impact of climate risk.

S&P Global Ratings and climate risk management specialist Resilience Economics have released a co-authored report determining the prevalence and materiality of climate risk for companies in the S&P 500 index.

'The Effects of Weather Events on Corporate Earnings are Gathering Force', conducted with climate risk specialists Resilience Economics, found that in financial 2017, 73 companies (15%) on the S&P 500 publicly disclosed an effect on earnings from weather events, but only 18 companies (4%) quantified the effect.

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