June 25, 2020
Putting Climate Change Risk on the Board Room Table
In her opinion, titled “Putting Climate Change Risk on the Boardroom Table,” Ms. Hansell clarifies the role of the corporate board with respect to climate change and how it is unequivocal about the responsibility of corporate directors to include climate change risks and opportunities in their oversight and strategic direction of the companies they serve.
Ms. Hansell grounded her opinion on the director’s oversight function and their duty of care as well as their responsibilities to ensure the accuracy of disclosure to the capital markets. These obligations transcend any one director’s or officer’s personal opinions about climate change.
The opinion was given to the Canada Climate Law Initiative publication.