We must not be paralyzed by the magnitude of the challenges we face. Here are three ways to get started on assessing climate-related risks and opportunities to your business and supply chain, and enhancing your organization’s overall resilience:
Collaborate. There is certainly no one-size fits all solution to the climate crisis. However, there are approaches and frameworks that can be applied broadly across sectors. Organizations should engage internal and external stakeholders early, share risk assessment findings and best practices widely, and consider novel collaboration opportunities through public private partnerships and pre-competitive collaboration.
Innovate. We need to get creative if we’re going to accelerate the transition to a carbon-constrained economy. The speed of business puts corporations in a unique position to drive innovation in climate solutions. However, employees must be empowered to apply their talents to problems outside of their formal responsibilities, and teams need sufficient psychological safety to suggest new approaches and ideas. Whether it’s a hackathon, a pitch competition, on-the-ground projects, an internal think tank, a climate sprint, or an innovation fund, formalizing the freedom to create and encouraging a culture of innovation will enable businesses to fast-track sustainability and climate resilience.
Iterate. The methods for measuring and mitigating climate and environmental risks and impacts may be imperfect today, but iteration will lead to continuous improvement. Despite uncertainty in approaches and potential gaps in data availability, it is important to get started now.
Pilot programs or on-the-ground projects allow organizations to test potential solutions, take meaningful action and minimize risks, and refine innovative approaches to reducing environmental and climate-related impacts. For example, if your objective is to reduce supply chain greenhouse gas emissions while minimizing climate-related risks, consider a pilot program with a handful of your most material and critical suppliers. Expand the program stepwise, incorporating outcomes from previous interventions as you scale.
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