A single and comprehensive framework

The Investor Climate Action Plans (ICAPs) Expectations Ladder and GuidanceĀ provides investors with clear expectations for issuing and implementing comprehensive climate action plans, including steps investors can take to support the goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 or sooner. The framework aims to help investors navigate existing expectations and initiatives on climate change. It is inclusive and unique in that it sets out expectations for investors wherever they may be on their climate journey.

The ICAPs Expectations Ladder summarizes the key climate actions investors can take right now in the four interlocking areas of the Investor Agenda: investment, corporate engagement, policy advocacy, and investor disclosure. Governance is a cross-cutting theme across all four areas.

Investors can use the ICAPs Expectations Ladder in several ways including:

  • Assessing their current approach to managing climate change risk and opportunity
  • Publishing a standalone ICAP
  • Embedding elements of the ICAPs into their climate change strategies and disclosures.
  • Communicating their current activities and future plans to stakeholders

The accompanying ICAPs Guidance enables investors to interpret the ICAPs Expectations Ladder. It helps investors self-assess where they are on the ladder to understand the specific climate actions they can take to strengthen their approach and make further progress.