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Climate Change

Reducing emissions, strengthening resilience

It is well-established science that human influence has warmed the earth’s climate more than 1.2°C since pre-industrial times—and global emissions continue to rise today.

Governments and business have responded with commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. But even if all long-term and net-zero targets are met, we still are on a trajectory to reach 2.1°C of warming by the end of the century. 2023 was the hottest year on record, global GHG emissions hit an all-time high in 2022, and 1.5°C is slipping out of reach.

The resulting changes to the ocean, melting ice sheets, and rising global sea levels are irreversible, and every fraction of a degree escalates climate risks. Billions of people around the world are potentially vulnerable to impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, threatening livelihoods, health, and access to food and water.

Sustained, transformational climate action from businesses, governments, and stakeholders is a critical part of the global response, including:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with 1.5°C
  • Implementing a robust climate transition plan that drives business model transformation to achieve a just, equitable net-zero future
  • Advancing nature-positive solutions that contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Addressing climate injustice and co-creating resilient solutions with affected communities

Climate action has also become a mainstream business. Stakeholder pressure is mounting for businesses to act now, and mandatory climate disclosure is a reality in many countries.

3.6B

3.6 billion people around the world live in areas that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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As of December 2023, the Science-Based Targets initiative validated targets following a 1.5°C trajectory for 4149 companies, an increase of more than 2000 companies since the end of 2022.

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With global warming now on course to breach 1.5°C, at least five Earth system tipping points are likely to be triggered—including the collapse of major ice sheets and widespread mortality of warm-water coral reefs.

How We Can Help

Adding Value to Your Business and Society

To fulfill the Paris Agreement’s vision of a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy by 2050, we work with companies to deliver 1.5°C-aligned climate goals, transform their value chains, manage climate risks, and advance climate justice. We tailor our work to the specific needs of each company and industry. We’ll help your business align with the 1.5°C ambition and take credible action through a variety of offerings, including:

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Net-zero transformation

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Business within planetary boundaries

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Climate justice and a just transition

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Scope 3 implementation

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Climate scenarios

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Physical climate risk assessments


Who We Work With

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Case Studies

Conducting a Climate Risk Assessment through Scenario Analysis

BSR worked with Mercer International Inc., a global producer of market pulp and solid wood products, to conduct a climate scenario analysis.

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Sustainability Insights

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Reports

Co-creating Climate Justice Interventions between Business and Communities

Via a co-creation process in business activities related to climate action, companies can enable more effective climate solutions that address interconnected, systemic issues.


Tools and Resources

Climate Change Resources

Our sample collection of BSR member-exclusive resources, including implementation toolkits, deep-dive topic briefings and reports, and other valuable content from our global team of sustainability experts.
Climate Transition Action Plans
Sustainable Aviation Fuel Primer
Climate Policy Engagement
The Role of Manure Management in Supporting Net Zero Goals in the Dairy Sector
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Collaboration

Collective Solutions for Meaningful Impact

Our collaborative initiatives enable companies to transform their businesses while creating shared solutions to global challenges and make a meaningful systemic impact.

Our Experts

Depth of Experience and Knowledge

Our Climate Change team consists of global experts across multiple industries, bringing a depth of experience in developing sustainable business strategies and solutions.

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Ameer Azim

Director, Climate Change

Washington, D.C.

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Giulio Berruti

Director, Climate Change

Copenhagen

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Eileen Gallagher

Director, Climate Change

Hong Kong

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Deb Gallagher

Director, Climate Change

New York

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Erin Leitheiser

Associate Director, Nature

Copenhagen

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Berkley Rothmeier

Director, Consumer Sectors

San Francisco

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David Wei

Managing Director, Climate and Nature

New York

Let’s talk about how BSR can help you to transform your business and achieve your sustainability goals.

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