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The COVID-19 pandemic: opportunity or challenge for climate change risk disclosure?

Walid Ben-Amar (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)
Breeda Comyns (Kedge BS, Marseille, France)
Isabelle Martinez (TSM Research – UMR 5303 CNRS, Universite Toulouse 1 Capitole,Toulouse, France)

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Article publication date: 5 August 2022

Issue publication date: 27 March 2023




The purpose of this paper is to reflect on how climate change risk reporting might evolve in various world regions in the post COVID-19 pandemic era.


Using a multiple-case study approach and adopting an institutional theory lens, we assess whether the pandemic is likely to strengthen or weaken institutional pressures for climate change risk disclosures and predict how climate-related risk reporting will evolve post-pandemic.


The authors find that climate change risk reporting is likely to evolve differently according to geographical location. The authors predict that disclosure levels will increase in regions with ambitious climate policy and where economic stimulus packages support sustainable economic recovery. Where there has been a weakening of environmental commitments and economic stimulus packages support resource intensive business, climate change risk reporting will stagnate or even decline. The authors discuss the scenarios for climate change risk reporting expected to play out in different parts of the world.


The authors contribute to the nascent literature on climate change risk disclosure and identify future directions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.



The authors are grateful to Europlace Institute of Finance at Institut Louis Bachelier, Agence Nationale de la Recherche – France and TSM-Research for their financial support.


Ben-Amar, W., Comyns, B. and Martinez, I. (2023), "The COVID-19 pandemic: opportunity or challenge for climate change risk disclosure?", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 649-676.



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