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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


We catalyze business action on climate change in two ways: by helping companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions to hold global warming well below 2°C (3.6°F) and by building resilience to climate impacts throughout company operations and value chains.

Our approach includes translating the best available climate knowledge for the private sector, shaping policy environments that enable business leadership, developing strategies for companies to reduce emissions and build climate resilience, and facilitating collaborative initiatives that enable systemic change across industries and stakeholder groups.



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

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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The Decisive Decade

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The Decisive Decade

The 2020s will be the decisive decade in terms of meeting the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shifting the economy to achieve the aspirations of the Paris Agreement, and achieving a fair economy that works for everyone. For companies, this decade will be about creating resilient business strategies, moving beyond integration of sustainability to truly redefine business and the role of the company in society.

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Climate Action in the 2020s: Three Steps to Reducing Value Chain Emissions

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Climate Action in the 2020s: Three Steps to Reducing Value Chain Emissions

A company's value chain contains its largest GHG reduction potential, and value chain decarbonization is a necessity to achieve SBTs. For companies that are pursuing SBTs, we propose three steps as key to achieving value chain emissions reductions.

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In Conversation with Ross Rachey, Director, Global Fleet & Products, Amazon Logistics

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In Conversation with Ross Rachey, Director, Global Fleet & Products, Amazon Logistics

Companies like Amazon are exploring technologies to address the challenges of climate change. Recently, BSR spoke with Ross Rachey, Director of Global Fleet & Products, Amazon Logistics at Amazon, to discuss the company’s approach to sustainable fuel technologies and how their work supports their broader climate and sustainability agenda.

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Davos 2020: Progress in a Time of Turmoil?

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Davos 2020: Progress in a Time of Turmoil?

Entering Davos Week 2020, there is clearly a new climate for business.

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COP25: National Governments Fail to Seize the Day, but Business Climate Action Continues

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COP25: National Governments Fail to Seize the Day, but Business Climate Action Continues

As we enter the decisive decade of the 2020s—when significant steps towards decarbonization have to happen if we are to stave off the worst impacts of climate change—the 2019 UN climate conference in Madrid, COP25, was a poor jumping-off point.

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Our Top Sustainability Insights of 2019

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Our Top Sustainability Insights of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we are taking a moment to look back at the news and initiatives that shaped the year. Our six most popular blog posts and reports exemplify the diversity of topics BSR works on, from gender equality to stakeholder engagement.

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Climate Change Illustrative Client List

  • BNY Mellon
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
  • The Climate & Clean Air Coalition
  • ClimateWorks Foundation
  • European Climate Foundation
  • General Mills
  • IKEA Foundation
  • IKEA Supply AG
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Kering
  • Maersk Line
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NIKE, Inc.
  • Oak Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • We Mean Business

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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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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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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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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


San Francisco


Paris


Eileen Gallagher

Eileen Gallagher

Associate Director

Hong Kong


Kelly Gallo

Kelly Gallo

Associate Director

San Francisco


Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Global Lead, Climate and People

San Francisco


New York


Edwina McKechnie

Edwina McKechnie

Associate Director

Paris


Michael Rohwer

Michael Rohwer

Director, Information and Communications Technology

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.