Climate change affects every human around the globe, with profound implications for economic opportunity, social justice, and human rights. Health-related stresses; competition for natural resources; and the impacts on livelihoods, hunger, and migration warrant immediate global action. Indeed, rising attention to climate change coincides with fundamental changes in technology, the nature of employment, and the social contract. Only by considering these issues together can we develop effective solutions.

This report examines the concept of the “just transition” to the low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. It provides recommendations for business on how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while enabling economic vitality and ensuring adherence to global labor standards; how to enhance climate resilience for communities; and how to cultivate effective participation in the social dialogue, which will accelerate such a transition.

This report is part of a series of six climate nexus reports that cover just transition, human rights, inclusive economy, women’s empowerment, supply chain, and health.

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