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How Climate Change is Shaping the Future of Business

This article is one in a series of updates from WRI’s Next Practice research team to highlight tools and guidance for developing corporate sustainability strategies. It builds on previous themes - Filling the Sustainability Innovation Gap and Mining Megatrends for Innovation - with examples of recent research and evidence that help build the business case for sustainability.

A recent KPMG report highlights ten “sustainability megaforces” that will shape markets in the decades to come. The list includes population growth, energy and fuel, ecosystems decline, and material resource scarcity, among others. These interconnected trends will create risks and opportunities for business. In response, companies need new strategies, particularly for market impacts relating to what KPMG calls the “megaforce” influencing all others: climate change.

Accounting for Risk

Conceptualizing a Robust Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Financial Institutions

This report takes a first step in helping financial institutions create more robust GHG inventories, by discussing objectives, options, and challenges for financial institutions and stakeholders to consider when creating and evaluating a GHG emissions inventory.

Undisclosed Risk

Corporate Environmental and Social Reporting in Emerging Asia

This report focuses on corporate transparency on environmental risks, and lays the groundwork for understanding environmental disclosure and reporting issues in emerging markets through an investor lens. It is the second report in a series establishing the link between issues like climate change...

Paying the Premium

Insurance as a Risk Management Tool for Climate Change

This working paper aims to clarify the issues around insurance mechanisms designed to improve resilience among the poor to climate change impacts. We hope the analysis will inform the ongoing insurance discussions at the UNFCCC in the build up to the Conference of Parties in Copenhagen in...

Watering Scarcity

Private Investment Opportunities in Agricultural Water Use Efficiency

This report was prepared by Rabobank in collaboration with the World Resources Institute.

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Trees in the Greenhouse

Why Climate Change is Transforming the Forest Products Business

While there are risks for the forest products industry, it largely stands to gain from efforts to address global warming due to new opportunities for sustainable forestry.

Business and Ecosystems Issue Brief

Ecosystem Challenges and Business Implications

Explores six challenges -- water scarcity, climate change, habitat change, biodiversity loss and invasive species, overexploitation of oceans, and nutrient overloading -- and discusses their implications for business and examples of corporate responses.

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