On July 27, the OCC appointed Darrin Benhart as its Climate Change Risk Officer and announced its membership in the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). OCC’s membership in NGFS will allow the agency to collaborate with central banks and peer supervisors, share best practices, and contribute to the development of climate risk management in the financial sector. The appointment of Benhart to the newly created position “will significantly expand the agency’s capacity to collaborate with stakeholders and to promote improvements in climate change risk management at banks,” acting Comptroller Michael J. Hsu stated, adding that Benhart “brings a wealth of supervisory, policy, and leadership experience to the role.” Hsu emphasized that “[p]rudently managing climate change risk is a safety and a soundness issue,” noting that these changes “will enable the agency to be more proactive in accelerating the development and adoption of robust climate change risk management practices, especially at the larger banks.”