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”

A Sneak Peek at the New Rules for Supply Chain Footprinting

The art and science of carbon footprinting is about to take a step forward: The long-awaited launch of guidance for managing network and product lifecycle impacts is just around the corner. If that’s news to you — and you have anything to do with managing a business with a significant supply chain — here’s yourContinue reading “A Sneak Peek at the New Rules for Supply Chain Footprinting”

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”

The Latest CDP Results Reveal the Rise of Scope 3 Reporting

Last month’s release of the Global 500 Report, Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) annual summary of climate reporting by the world’s 500 largest companies, gives the most insight to date on corporations’ reporting about climate change and their supply chains. What does it tell us? First, the number of companies reporting on their supply chains continuesContinue reading “The Latest CDP Results Reveal the Rise of Scope 3 Reporting”

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”

Simple Tools for Effective Climate Reporting

With the fiscal year drawing to a close for many companies, it’s writing season for corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports. As usual, reports provide a medium for communicating to investors who want to see companies creating value, customers who want to know which companies and products are leaders versus laggards, and watchdogs looking for inconsistencies.Continue reading “Simple Tools for Effective Climate Reporting”

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”

Real Climate Leadership and The Rules of Policy Engagement

As negotiators gather in Copenhagen next month to discuss a global climate policy framework, there has never been a better time for companies to influence policy instruments that could dramatically affect the future of climate change. Business’ management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is already improving. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (PDF), more thanContinue reading “Real Climate Leadership and The Rules of Policy Engagement”

Dispatch from Hong Kong: Will We Ever See Big-Picture Climate Accounting?

This week in Hong Kong, ASrIA held a press conference that covered two arenas of business climate action that, disappointingly, have yet to mix. The first was Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2009 Asia report, which announced that the number of companies reporting on emissions has doubled from the previous year, up to 127. This study, muchContinue reading “Dispatch from Hong Kong: Will We Ever See Big-Picture Climate Accounting?”

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”

Whose Carbon Is It? The ABCs of Counting Emissions in Your Supply Chain

Many companies have started scrambling to understand their indirect emissions — specifically, emissions in their supply chain — and for good reason. According to a report by McKinsey that examined consumer goods makers, high-tech players, and other manufacturers, 40 to 60 percent of their total carbon footprint resides upstream in their supply chain. Knowing aboutContinue reading “Whose Carbon Is It? The ABCs of Counting Emissions in Your Supply Chain”

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”

Creating Systemic Change: Lessons from Responsible Labor

Just one decade ago, the public was appalled to learn that children were producing Nike’s soccer balls in Pakistan, and the company was swiftly targeted by numerous high-profile, antagonistic NGO campaigns. Since then, more companies have come under fire by NGOs publicizing alleged corporate social and environmental abuses. Yet Nike — along with a handfulContinue reading “Creating Systemic Change: Lessons from Responsible Labor”