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Dataset Card for climate_commitments_actions

Dataset Summary

We introduce an expert-annotated dataset for identifying climate-related paragraphs about climate commitments and actions in corporate disclosures.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

The dataset supports a binary classification task of whether a given climate-related paragraph is about climate commitments and actions or not.


The text in the dataset is in English.

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

  'text': '− Scope 3: Optional scope that includes indirect emissions associated with the goods and services supply chain produced outside the organization. Included are emissions from the transport of products from our logistics centres to stores (downstream) performed by external logistics operators (air, land and sea transport) as well as the emissions associated with electricity consumption in franchise stores.',
  'label': 0

Data Fields

  • text: a climate-related paragraph extracted from corporate annual reports and sustainability reports
  • label: the label (0 -> not talking about climate commitmens and actions, 1 -> talking about climate commitmens and actions)

Data Splits

The dataset is split into:

  • train: 1,000
  • test: 320

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

[More Information Needed]

Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

Our dataset contains climate-related paragraphs extracted from financial disclosures by firms. We collect text from corporate annual reports and sustainability reports.

For more information regarding our sample selection, please refer to the Appendix of our paper (see citation).

Who are the source language producers?

Mainly large listed companies.


Annotation process

For more information on our annotation process and annotation guidelines, please refer to the Appendix of our paper (see citation).

Who are the annotators?

The authors and students at Universität Zürich and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg with majors in finance and sustainable finance.

Personal and Sensitive Information

Since our text sources contain public information, no personal and sensitive information should be included.

Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

[More Information Needed]

Discussion of Biases

[More Information Needed]

Other Known Limitations

[More Information Needed]

Additional Information

Dataset Curators

  • Julia Anna Bingler
  • Mathias Kraus
  • Markus Leippold
  • Nicolas Webersinke

Licensing Information

This dataset is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (cc-by-nc-sa-4.0). To view a copy of this license, visit

If you are interested in commercial use of the dataset, please contact

Citation Information

    title={How Cheap Talk in Climate Disclosures Relates to Climate Initiatives, Corporate Emissions, and Reputation Risk},
    author={Bingler, Julia and Kraus, Mathias and Leippold, Markus and Webersinke, Nicolas},
    type={Working paper},
    institution={Available at SSRN 3998435},


Thanks to @webersni for adding this dataset.

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