Just 10 years ago, many corporate executives wouldn’t even say the words “climate change.” Now, hundreds are taking action by setting internal prices on carbon, adopting science-based emissions targets and signing climate action pledges.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer answers the question: Is it possible to enjoy rising levels of prosperity and also enjoy clean air, pure water, green spaces and uncongested, livable cities?
A new report lays out clear recommendations for how the Chinese government can put the right policies in place to shift investments from polluting to sustainable industries.
Journalists, investors and more are increasingly asking companies: How are your trade associations influencing climate policy?
A new draft guide answers questions like: What do CEOs need to know about carbon pricing? What does corporate leadership on carbon pricing look like? And what can businesses learn from those that already have internal prices on carbon?
Resource-strapped law enforcement agencies and companies with complex supply chains struggle to curb illegally sourced wood. That's where DNA analysis and other advanced technologies can play a role.
Climate change is a risk that, while significant, is oftentimes misunderstood by the financial community. The new Carbon Asset Risk Discussion Framework aims to help financial institutions identify and understand climate-related risks to their portfolios.
Businesses can help move international climate action forward through direct interventions in their own operations and by creating a surround sound of support. Global Director of WRI's Business Center Kevin Moss lays out a five-point checklist.
The Science-Based Targets initiative aims to enlist 100 companies in 2015 to commit to setting greenhouse gas reduction targets based on the latest climate science. These targets can help prevent the worst impacts of climate change while safeguarding businesses' profitability.
Using renewable materials like certified sustainable paper and bioplastics creates clear environment benefits. So why aren't more businesses using them in their supply chains?
The value of sustainability is oftentimes misunderstood by businesses and investors seeking to quantify more immediate impacts on revenue growth. Goldman Sachs' director of environmental markets, Kyung-Ah Park, explains how businesses can better engage investors in their corporate sustainability efforts.
Companies are realizing that managing water within their four walls is insufficient. Only coordinated, collective action can protect water resources and mitigate long-term business risks.
Potential emissions of oil and gas companies’ fossil fuel reserves could make or break whether the world stays within its "carbon budget."
The shale gas revolution, which began nearly 10 years ago in the United States, is poised to spread across the globe. For many countries, shale gas could strengthen energy security while cutting emissions.
But unlocking this massive resource comes with a significant environmental risk: access to freshwater for drinking, agriculture, and industrial use.
Multinational companies (MNCs) typically have operations and supply chains in many parts of the world. The way they respond to climate change, therefore, can affect many populations, including poor communities in developing countries, where many people are especially vulnerable to heat waves, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts. MNCs sometimes find themselves in tension with local groups and the environment, but they can also play an important role in making these communities more climate-resilient.
Here are three ways that MNCs can contribute to climate change adaptation in developing countries:
As the risks that climate change poses to business becoming ever clearer, corporate executives are increasingly recognizing that policy action is essential. The Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy—from the U.N. Global Compact, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, U.N. Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, CDP, WWF, Ceres, and The Climate Group—for the first time establishes a shared, practical definition of responsible corporate engagement. The new guide details three essential steps businesses can take to effectively engage in climate policy.
First-of-its-Kind Guide Calls on Companies to Align Corporate Sustainability Initiatives and Climate Policy
This report is not designed to make the case that climate change—or global warming—is the greatest threat facing the world today.
The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy--produced by U.N. Global Compact, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, U.N.