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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 Case for SEC-Mandated Climate and ESG Disclosure

Blog

The Case for SEC-Mandated Climate and ESG Disclosure

In response to the SEC's interest in taking steps to require climate disclosure, we discuss crucial steps that the SEC should enable to provide consistent, comparable, and reliable information that will strengthen investors’ ability to make decisions, provide incentives for business to generate long-term value, and lead to a market economy that delivers on society’s greatest needs.

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China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: Broad Insights for Investors

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China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: Broad Insights for Investors

What does China's 14th Five-Year Plan mean for investors? We discuss five ways investors can seek opportunities.

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Gender Equity in the Just Transition and the Shift to Green Jobs

Blog

Gender Equity in the Just Transition and the Shift to Green Jobs

As the energy transition becomes a reality, it is essential to build a shared understanding of what a sustainable, green workforce looks like and how women and men can benefit equally from this transition.

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Modernizing the Social Contract in 2021: Five Developments for Business to Consider

Blog

Modernizing the Social Contract in 2021: Five Developments for Business to Consider

COVID-19 has shown—in a tragic way—how interconnected the world is. All the events of the past year and a half have also reinforced and deepened the urgent need to redefine the social contract and the key role business must play in that effort.

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Melissa Do

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Melissa Do

This month's Inside BSR features Melissa Do, an Associate based in our San Francisco office, and discusses her sustainability journey as well as her work on climate change.

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China’s Climate Goals, The 14th Five-Year Plan, and the Impact on Sustainable Business

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China’s Climate Goals, The 14th Five-Year Plan, and the Impact on Sustainable Business

How will China's 14th Five-Year Plan steer the country's development for the next five years, and what do its environmental and climate considerations mean for business?

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Leaders Summit on Climate: Forward Progress to the Net Zero Economies We Need

Blog

Leaders Summit on Climate: Forward Progress to the Net Zero Economies We Need

For the first time since the Paris Agreement, the Leaders Summit on Climate kicked off a new round of stronger targets from major emitters. Here's what this means for business.

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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

Clean Cargo

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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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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Transform to Net Zero

Transform to Net Zero

Transform to Net Zero aims to deliver guidance and business plans to enable a transformation to net zero emissions, as well as research, advocacy, and best practices to make it easier for the private sector to not only set ambitious goals–but also deliver meaningful emissions reductions and economic success.

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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 Coalition

We Mean Business Coalition

Companies and investors creating a low-carbon revolution

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Meet the Team

Paris


Eileen Gallagher

Eileen Gallagher

Associate Director

Hong Kong


Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Associate Director

San Francisco


New York


Berkley Rothmeier

Berkley Rothmeier

Associate Director

San Francisco


Awa Sall

Awa Sall

Associate

New York


New York


David Wei

David Wei

Managing Director

New York



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Contact the Climate Change team with any questions.