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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

Time’s Up: Urgent Climate Adaptation and Business Transformation Key to Secure a Livable Planet

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Time’s Up: Urgent Climate Adaptation and Business Transformation Key to Secure a Livable Planet

IPCC’s recently released Sixth Assessment Report about climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability shines a light on the threat climate change poses to human well-being and planetary health.

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2022: Purposeful Sustainability Leadership for Turbulent Times

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2022: Purposeful Sustainability Leadership for Turbulent Times

BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer discusses major themes shaping the year ahead: net zero, climate action and social justice, attention on ESG, board role redefinition, and the business voice on the "great fragmentation."

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China’s Carbon Emission Trading Scheme and its Implications for Businesses

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China’s Carbon Emission Trading Scheme and its Implications for Businesses

China’s new national Emission Trading Scheme is a critical part of China's plans to use market mechanisms to reach peak emissions before 2030 and net zero by 2060 – it has become the world’s largest emission trading system. BSR shares insights to help you to understand exactly how the ETS works, how it will likely evolve, and its potential impacts on business.

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Erin Leitheiser

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Erin Leitheiser

This month's Inside BSR features Erin Leitheiser, who recently joined BSR’s Climate team as a Manager in our Copenhagen office.

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The New SBTi Standard Places Science at the Heart of Corporate Net-Zero Targets

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The New SBTi Standard Places Science at the Heart of Corporate Net-Zero Targets

The launch of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net-Zero Standard just before COP26 marks a significant milestone. It is the first independently certifiable standard that assesses a company's net-zero targets, and importantly it clearly grounds them into 1.5°C-aligned short-term and long-term action.

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COP26 Made Climate Action Mainstream Business and Put 1.5°C on Life Support

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COP26 Made Climate Action Mainstream Business and Put 1.5°C on Life Support

What happened at COP26? BSR Managing Director David Wei and Director Giulio Berruti share their takeaways on international cooperation, climate action and business, and upcoming trends seen at the event.

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Transform to Net Zero: Five Key Steps to Setting Net Zero Goals

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Transform to Net Zero: Five Key Steps to Setting Net Zero Goals

While more than 3,000 businesses have pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, many companies face challenges in putting this guidance into practice. Transform to Net Zero member Wipro shares five steps for navigating the net-zero goal-setting process and committing to meaningful emission reduction targets.

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COP26 and the Real Economy: Climate Change Solutions at and beyond Glasgow

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COP26 and the Real Economy: Climate Change Solutions at and beyond Glasgow

As many of us prepare to descend on Glasgow for the once-delayed, badly needed COP26, the urgency of action is blindingly clear. Here are four things we want to see emerge by the time this COP ends on November 14.

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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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Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions

Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions

BASCS seeks to serve and engage all organizations working to scale and improve climate solutions opportunities for business investment.

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Energy for a Just Transition

Energy for a Just Transition

A Collaboration for Business Action

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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

Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Julie Dugard

Julie Dugard

Manager, Climate Change

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Eileen Gallagher

Eileen Gallagher

Associate Director

Asia-Pacific


Erin Leitheiser

Erin Leitheiser

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Chelsea Matthews

Chelsea Matthews

Manager, Climate Change

Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Pinal Patel

Pinal Patel

Sustainability Manager, Healthcare

Americas


Americas


Awa Sall

Awa Sall

Associate

Americas


Cameron Steagall

Cameron Steagall

Manager, Collaborations

Americas


Americas


David Wei

David Wei

Managing Director

Americas



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