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The Climate Web had its origin more than a decade ago as a decision-support tool for business climate change decision-making. It has continued to track key “business and climate change” conversations since then. For Roadmap purposes, these conversations are split between “business responses to climate change,” and “business climate risks.” Business responses to climate change go back more than 30 years, have evolved significantly over time, and are changing particularly rapidly right now.
A number of key topics come into play when it comes to exploring “business responses” to climate change.
- Climate change as Corporate Social Responsibility
- The role of Scope 1-3 GHG footprinting
- Reducing GHG emissions as business risk management
- The role and effectiveness of climate risk disclosure
- The role of green power purchasing
- The role of carbon offsets
- Societal vs. corporate Net Zero goals
- Business Net Zero commitments
- Approaches to climate change scenario planning
- Business climate policy advocacy
- Business and trade association opposition to climate policy
- Business adaptation and resilience
These are the kinds of topics the Climate Web, based on 20,000 hours of knowledge curation, can help you explore. This Lite Roadmap organizes some of the resources available to you for doing that exploration.
Key Index Entries include:
Key Topical Headings for books, reports, and journal articles:
- S - Business Stepping Up
- S - Business Commitments Strategies
- S - Best Business Practices for a Climate Response
- S - Evaluating Voluntary Measures
- S - Business Adaptation/Resilience
- S - Business Response as Risk Management
Key Topical Headings for news and opinion:
- N - Green Power Purchasing
- N - Business Policy Advocacy
- N - Business Commitments Strategies
- N - Business Climate Responses
- N - Business and a Low Carbon Transition
- N - Evaluating Business Action
Key Topical Headings for extracted materials:
- E - Business Climate Responses Extracts
- E - Business Policy Advocacy
- E - Business Leadership Role in Mitigation
Key Topical Headings for websites, experts, and more:
As a bonus, here are some recent additions to the Climate Web you might find thought-provoking that relate specifically to the topic of this Lite Roadmap. They represent just the smallest sliver of what’s organized in the Climate Web with the goal of facilitating access to your actionable knowledge. Note that links with “$$” sit behind paywalls and we can’t provide direct access. But we are always working to go through those sources to extract key idea and graphics to share under “fair use” rules.
- 2021/5 Top 50 asset managers have yet to match rhetoric with action to address negative lobbying & corporate policy capture
- 2021/5 Time for CFOs to Influence the SEC’s Climate Effort
- 2021/5 New framework released to drive investor action on the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to a net-zero future
- 2021/4 Executives Call for Deep Emission Cuts to Combat Climate Change
- 2021/4 Corporate climate advocacy in action as business stands ready to deliver US NDC increase
- 2021/1 In Switch Chamber of Commerce Backs Climate Action
- 2021/5 Private oil companies fall short on cutting flaring
- 2021/5 Food giants accused of links to illegal Amazon deforestation
- 2021/4 A Brighter Shade of Green - Part 2
- 2021/3 10 Lessons From 10 Years of Helping Investors to Tackle Climate Change
- 2021/5 The meat industry is doing exactly what Big Oil does to fight climate action
- 2021/5 JPMorgan Chase Releases Carbon Reduction Targets for Paris-Aligned Financing Commitment
- 2021/5 Inside Salesforce’s bold play for supply-chain leadership
- 2021/4 Yum! Brands Announces Approved Science-Based Targets to Address Climate Change with Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Nearly 50% by 2030
NOTE: Accessing the Climate Web via Roadmap hyperlinks can be a bit disconcerting if you’re not familiar with TheBrain software’s basic functionality, which you can explore via the Basic Navigation link at right. If you do explore some of the links, please remember that Open Access to the Climate Web (via the cloud) is both much slower and less powerful than Premium Access to the Climate Web (which allows you to download the Climate Web to your computer AND take advantage of TheBrain’s superior desktop and mobile softwares).
To clearly see the differences between a Lite Topical Roadmap and a Premium Topical Roadmap, you can take a look at both versions of the Under-Estimating Climate Risks Roadmap:
The Premium Business Response Roadmap digs much deeper into the business response topics flagged at the top of this page, among others. Representing hundreds of hours of research and knowledge curation, the Premium Roadmap links together together explanatory prose, topical headings, individual sources and news stories, curated topical dashboards for exploring key topics, and even individual ideas and graphics the Climatographers have extracted from a wide range of key sources. With the Premium Business Response Roadmap you can explore the entire spectrum of business responses, or dig into individual topics as needed, included:
- Will reducing emissions reduce business risks? Why or why not, and which ones?
- What should businesses assume about the future supply and cost of carbon offsets?
- Are there brand risks associated with green power purchasing?
- How do business responses vary by business sector?
- Is Climate Risk Disclosure an effective risk management strategy?
- Will Climate Risk Disclosure contribute to climate change mitigation objectives?
- Do Net Zero commitments suffer from the “fallacy of division?”
- Where on the “Evidence-Based to Greenwashing” spectrum do Net Zero commitments fit?
- How can business best avoid “greenwishing” in setting climate commitments?
- What’s the right climate scenarios for climate change scenario planning?
- Will the business community engage more effectively for climate policy?
- What explains business and trade association opposition to climate policy?
- What are the limits to business adaptation and resilience?
To get beyond the “Business Response 101” conversation, and to take advantage of today’s collective knowledge when it comes to business responses: access the Business Reponse Premium Roadmap here.
Alternatively, if you’re interested in a webinar or brainstorming session, or a customized topical Dashboard relating to business responses to climate change, contact us!
You can review the Lite versions of more than 20 Topical Roadmaps, and access their respective Premium Roadmaps, through this Climate Site. We welcome your feedback on other Roadmaps you’d like to see.
Climate Assumptions Audit
Business decision-makers are expected to incorporate climate risks and opportunities into their planning and decision-making. But these are relatively new topics for many decision-makers, and all kinds of underlying assumptions are in play when it comes to:
- Climate change itself
- The business materiality of climate risks and opportunities
- The economics of climate change and climate change mitigation
- The changing probabilities of extreme events and business disruptions
- The timing of potential climate change and climate policy tipping points
- The likely evolution of climate policies and measures
- How climate risks will play out at the sectoral level
There are too many potential assumptions for a fixed Roadmap, but the Climate Web is structured to make it possible to re-visit and potentially challenge all kinds of climate assumptions. Learn more at this dedicated Climate Site.
Your Climate MBA
If you’re coming to climate change from a business perspective, or as a business advisor, you should explore the Your Climate MBA link to the right. Your Climate MBA is not a degree program, but it does help you access almost everything you might want to know about climate-related topics from a business perspective.
Note: This Climate Site has been extracted from the Climate Web to make the material contained here easier to access. That said, this Climate Site represents just the smallest sliver of what you can do with the Climate Web. You can learn more through the links present to right of the website page, and:
To learn more about how the Climate Web is structured and its capabilities, use this Climate Site.
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