Helping Business Adapt to Climate Change

As climate change sets in, its impacts — increasing severity of storms and weather disasters, receding snow and rivers, advancing deserts, and more frequent landslides and floods — will test companies’ ability to effectively deliver high-quality products and services. In response, BSR is launching a series of briefs to illustrate how these changes will affectContinue reading “Helping Business Adapt to Climate Change”

Why Russia is the Land of Opportunity for Climate Action

Managers who want to lead on climate and energy should be looking carefully at Russia, where President Dmitry Medvedev has decreed a 40 percent reduction in energy intensity over the next decade. The potential for scale is immense: Russia is one of the most inefficient countries in the world, the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gasesContinue reading “Why Russia is the Land of Opportunity for Climate Action”

Understanding the Benefits of CSR

This week, I spoke on the panel “ROI and the Triple Bottom Line: Can Companies Do Well by Doing Good?,” the first webinar in a series by Social Media Today. I shared thoughts on how to understand the benefits of CSR, and here’s what I covered. First, the basics: What is CSR? CSR is theContinue reading “Understanding the Benefits of CSR”

How Businesses Can Plan for the Unpredictability of Climate Change

With managers across industries under pressure to develop sophisticated views about how climate change will impact their companies, it might seem natural to look to the insurance industry for guidance on how to act and communicate about risks and opportunities. After all, with climate change threatening to increase the severity of humanitarian crises, economic disruptions,Continue reading “How Businesses Can Plan for the Unpredictability of Climate Change”

Going for the Cold: What the Vancouver Games Can Teach Us About Adaptation to Global Warming

When the winter Olympics kicked off virtually snowless last week, the record heat was due not only to El Niño, said Tim Gayda, vice president of the Vancouver Organizing Committee, but to “something else that nobody understands at this point.” Though his hesitation to mention climate change raised eyebrows, pointing fingers at the cause doesn’tContinue reading “Going for the Cold: What the Vancouver Games Can Teach Us About Adaptation to Global Warming”

10 Climate Trends That Will Shape Business in 2010

As 2010 begins, there are looming questions about climate change action: Will the political agreement made in Copenhagen in 2009 be developed by the next “COP” meeting to include detailed targets and rules? Will those targets and rules be binding? What will happen with the U.S. Senate’s vote on cap-and-trade? Will U.S. public opinion aboutContinue reading “10 Climate Trends That Will Shape Business in 2010”

Here’s a Plan B

Our global climate agenda may need a Plan B, but if we are to choose the right one, some popular misconceptions need to be clarified. Fossil fuels are not cheap. Utility bills and per-gallon prices are just the tip of the iceberg of our energy costs. Governments pay hundreds of billions of dollars every yearContinue reading “Here’s a Plan B”

Mountains: The Bellwethers of Climate Change

Today is International Mountain Day. And in flat Denmark, the role of mountains is getting more attention as part of the international climate negotiations. Some prominent mountain-oriented activities at COP 15 include: Bhutan’s campaign to raise awareness about the increasing frequency of glacial lake outburst floods, the alpine equivalent of tsunamis that occur when naturalContinue reading “Mountains: The Bellwethers of Climate Change”

Why Climate Change Will Matter to Every Company

BSR has recently fielded inquiries from a range of member companies asking how climate change is relevant to their business. The timing of these questions is obvious: With prospective climate change legislation and policy discussions in the United States and elsewhere, intensive international negotiations culminating later this year, and ongoing stakeholder interest, companies are scramblingContinue reading “Why Climate Change Will Matter to Every Company”

Waxman-Markey and the Business Case for Strong Climate Policy

In light of the disappointing outcomes at the recent G8 negotiations on climate, many now see the U.S. Senate’s forthcoming deliberations over America’s first-ever cap-and-trade law (the American Clean Energy and Security Act, or Waxman-Markey), as the next big step on the road to Copenhagen. Strong, networked national policies such as the U.S. bill areContinue reading “Waxman-Markey and the Business Case for Strong Climate Policy”

The Nexus of Climate Change and Human Rights

Though climate change and human rights are important corporate responsibility issues on their own terms, they are increasingly interrelated.  As our global climate destabilizes, there will be an increase in water stress, food scarcity, the prevalence and intensity of diseases, and the loss of homelands and jobs around the world. In turn, climate change isContinue reading “The Nexus of Climate Change and Human Rights”

What New Climate Change Policies Will Mean for Your Business

To read about policy developments taking place this year, see “Looking for Signs Along the Road to Copenhagen.” Listen to advice from Ryan on positioning your business at “Reading the Tea Leaves of Evolving Climate Change Policy.”] As global leaders prepare to negotiate an updated version of the Kyoto Treaty at the U.N. Climate ChangeContinue reading “What New Climate Change Policies Will Mean for Your Business”

Looking for Signs Along the Road to Copenhagen

The path to a new international climate change treaty is filled with potential twists and turns that will impact how businesses operate in a carbon-constrained economy. United Nations climate negotiations are planned in Bonn later this month, a U.S. House of Representatives climate bill is expected by May, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse GasContinue reading “Looking for Signs Along the Road to Copenhagen”

Climate Change Lessons from the Slopes

A recent study presented at last month’s American Geophysical Union conference holds chilling news for the $2 billion U.S. ski industry: Climate change might end skiing in Aspen and Park City by 2100. It stands to reason that if the snow pack dries up, the ski industry could, too. But the study from Mark WilliamsContinue reading “Climate Change Lessons from the Slopes”