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”

What Happened at COP15

As BSR predicted, COP15 came down to hard bargaining between the United States and China, and the event materialized as much less of an end to climate policy than as a beginning. This turned out to be an understatement: no binding commitment was reached, and it is increasingly clear that an effective agreement will takeContinue reading “What Happened at COP15”

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”

Corporate Climate Leadership at Copenhagen

On my third day at COP15, I presented at the International Emissions Trading Association panel, “Corporate Climate Leadership,” where I said that companies should consider three leadership activities: 1. Reach out to your key suppliers and ask them to improve their carbon efficiency. This will most likely mean focusing on energy, which drives two-thirds orContinue reading “Corporate Climate Leadership at Copenhagen”

Information, Please! The Knowledge Crux at Copenhagen

I spent half of my first day at COP15 in line, mostly outside, in the cold. But I was one of the lucky ones to eventually emerge inside the Bella convention center. Others waited for six hours or more only to be turned away at the door (if they even made it that far). IContinue reading “Information, Please! The Knowledge Crux at Copenhagen”

Postcards from the climate negotiations in Copenhagen

I chose Thunderbird for my MBA largely because I knew that it was ahead of the game on two megatrends: globalization and sustainability. As a student, I found that the school delivered, preparing me for a career to take on these issues and the broad, difficult managerial decision making needed for research and innovation inContinue reading “Postcards from the climate negotiations in Copenhagen”

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”

Three Ways Climate Action Offers a Business Advantage

Building on BSR’s article last month on why climate change matters for every company, managers should be aware of some important, and very specific, opportunities for creating business value while promoting climate stability. First, the good news: It’s not mechanically hard to manage greenhouse gases (GHG), the key ingredient to climate change. There’s a sayingContinue reading “Three Ways Climate Action Offers a Business Advantage”

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”

A Business Guide to Managing U.S.-China Climate Relations

Earlier this year, we noted several factors that are key to staying on the critical path to an effective climate treaty: The U.S. must enact serious climate legislation, both China and the U.S. would have to ratchet up their respective commitments, and the U.S. Senate needs to ratify the international treaty produced by negotiations inContinue reading “A Business Guide to Managing U.S.-China Climate Relations”

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”