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Climate Change

We catalyze business action on climate change by helping companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate impacts.

Climate Change Overview


How We Work


The 2015 Paris Agreement defines our collective vision for a climate resilient world. BSR works with companies to build the Paris vision in three main ways:

  • Develop emissions reductions strategies that are aligned with the Paris Agreement. This involves setting and validating climate targets, establishing renewable energy policies and roadmaps, and building resilience to climate impacts throughout company operations and value chains (e.g. supplier engagement, reverse sourcing, and low-carbon procurement).
  • Manage unavoidable climate risks. This involves assessing against and implementing the TCFD recommendations, evaluating physical and transition risks, and co-developing standard approaches to integrate such risk management into the business. Such integration might include conducting climate risk assessments and climate scenario analysis, and building resilience at the nexus of people and climate.
  • Leverage collaboration to create net zero value chains. BSR manages a range of leading, cross-sector collaborative initiatives that allow companies to work together on solutions to large-scale reduction and mitigation challenges.


Business Benefits


  • Recognized sustainability leadership among peers
  • Alignment with inbound climate and energy regulation across jurisdictions
  • Cost savings and reduced variability of operating costs
  • Strengthened relationships with shareholders and suppliers
  • Improved brand equity with consumers
  • Improved talent attraction with millennials
  • Opportunities to shape regulatory environment on climate and energy


Capabilities


  • Cross-disciplinary expertise on climate change spanning science, economics, regulation, and private sector best practices
  • Deep expertise on how climate intersects with the energy, agriculture, transport, finance, and information and communications technology industries
  • Identifying opportunities resulting from the strong and multifaceted business case for climate action
  • Developing and implementing ambitious climate strategies for business, including:
    • Prioritizing greenhouse gas emissions to address and identifying ways to do so
    • Setting and implementing science-based emissions reductions goals
    • Assessing and reporting climate risks
    • Engaging suppliers to reduce emissions and build climate resilience across the value chain
  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitating partnerships across the landscape of organizations working on climate change
  • Leadership of collaborative initiatives to advance industry-wide climate solutions

Our Insights on Climate Change

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Reports

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.

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The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Blog

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

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COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis: Building Resilience with People at the Core

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COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis: Building Resilience with People at the Core

Whether it’s a pandemic or climate-related impact, those with the least, and those faced with the most extreme socioeconomic barriers, will suffer the most. The impacts that these populations face have the potential to disrupt business, from operations and supply chains down to the vital communities on which business depends.

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Understanding Connections Between Climate and Public Health

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Understanding Connections Between Climate and Public Health

The global coronavirus pandemic is bringing the connection between climate and public health into focus. In recognition of Earth Day, Levi Strauss & Co. interviewed experts at the nexus of climate and public health to better understand the links and what needs to be done.

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COVID-19 and Our Future World

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COVID-19 and Our Future World

BSR and Polecat analyze the top ESG issues and sectors arising in global discourse about COVID-19 over the last fortnight.

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Climate Action in the Value Chain: Reducing Scope 3 Emissions and Achieving Science-Based Targets

Reports

Climate Action in the Value Chain: Reducing Scope 3 Emissions and Achieving Science-Based Targets

The only way for companies to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets is to go beyond direct company operations and tackle value chain (Scope 3) emissions.

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Business Lessons from Phase One of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Business Lessons from Phase One of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we take time to think first of the health of our families, friends, and communities in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, here are five lessons to guide us through these turbulent times and the uncertainties which lie ahead.

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Sustainable Business in Asia: Three Environmental Drivers of the Decisive Decade

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Sustainable Business in Asia: Three Environmental Drivers of the Decisive Decade

Companies with operations in Asia will face a unique set of challenges and opportunities as we enter the decisive decade of the 2020s. BSR has identified the following trends relating to climate and the environment that are likely to impact how companies do business in the region.

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Climate Change Illustrative Client List

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • AT&T
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Best Buy
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • Chanel
  • The Clorox Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Eisai
  • General Mills
  • Grundfos
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Kering
  • Lowe’s
  • Maersk Line
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Mastercard
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nike
  • NRG
  • PepsiCo
  • Polycom
  • Rich Products Corporation
  • Target
  • T-Mobile
  • Walmart

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Collaborative Initiatives on Climate Change

Action for Sustainable Derivatives

Action for Sustainable Derivatives

A collaborative initiative that promotes responsible sourcing and collective action to increase sustainable production of palm oil and palm oil derivatives.

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Bay Area Corporate Climate Resilience Council

Bay Area Corporate Climate Resilience Council

Building community and corporate climate resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Clean Cargo Working Group™

Clean Cargo Working Group™

A leading global carrier-shipper initiative dedicated to environmental performance improvement in marine container transport through measurement, evaluation, and reporting

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Future of Fuels

Future of Fuels

A vision of commercial road freight fueled by low-carbon sustainable technology

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Green Freight Asia

Green Freight Asia

Green Freight Asia is an industry-led network focused on driving sustainable road freight in the Asia Pacific region to ultimately improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2e emissions and lower logistics costs across the entire supply chain.

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Sustainable Air Freight Alliance

Sustainable Air Freight Alliance

A collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders, and airlines to track and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air freight and promote responsible freight transport.

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Value Chain Risk to Resilience

Value Chain Risk to Resilience

A collaboration to build climate resilience for communities, farmers and workers along value chains

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We Mean Business

We Mean Business

Companies and investors creating a low-carbon revolution

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Meet the Team

Giulio Berruti

Giulio Berruti

Associate Director, Climate

Paris


Paris


Eileen Gallagher

Eileen Gallagher

Associate Director

Hong Kong


Copenhagen


Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Global Lead, Climate and People

San Francisco


New York


Berkley Rothmeier

Berkley Rothmeier

Associate Director

San Francisco


David Wei

David Wei

Managing Director

New York



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Contact the Climate Change team with any questions.