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Governor Hochul Announces Guidance To Manage Climate Risk For New York State-Regulated Banking And Mortgage Institutions

Governor Hochul Announces Guidance to Manage Climate Risk For New York State-Regulated Banking and Mortgage Institutions

Guidance Supports Institutions as They Respond to Evolving Risks to Their Safety, Soundness and Operational Resiliency

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services adopted guidance for New York State-regulated banking and mortgage institutions to help them manage their material financial and operational risks associated with climate change.

“Climate change is impacting every sector of New York's economy, including financial services,” Governor Hochul said. “As the financial capital of the world, I'm proud that we are proactively addressing climate-related financial risks so that New Yorkers can continue to have access to affordable financial services.”

DFS Superintendent Adrienne A. Harris said, “To protect New Yorkers from financial harm, regulated institutions must anticipate and respond to new and emerging risks. Today’s guidance provides these institutions with a balanced, data-driven approach to preserve safety and soundness and operational resiliency by addressing the risks posed by climate change.”

The guidance is designed to support Institutions’ efforts to identify, measure, monitor, and control their material climate-related financial and operational risks in a manner consistent with current risk management principles.  It addresses key components of prudent risk management by Institutions — including corporate governance, internal control frameworks, risk management processes and data collection and analysis — so that Institutions will incorporate assessment of these risks into their existing risk frameworks, taking a strategic and forward-looking approach.

DFS has finalized the guidance with careful consideration of the valuable feedback received from regulated entities and other key stakeholders. In response to feedback, as part of today’s announcement, the Department has also published available resources to assist smaller organizations as they work to adopt measures that address their climate-related risk.

On January 11, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. EST, DFS will be hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the guidance.

Please use the following links to access materials and register for the webinar:


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