Climate Change 101 for business leaders – Deloitte

Written by Kristen Sullivan, Michelle Bachir, Kyle Tanger, David Novak, and Jay Parekh

ADDRESSING climate change has moved steadily higher on the corporate agenda. Even as more of the business community acknowledges the fundamentals—that the emission of greenhouse gases by humans is changing the climate in ways that are harmful to the planet and human societies—many also struggle to go beyond those basics. How harmful, exactly? How quickly must we act, and at what scale?

This primer aims to equip busy leaders with climate change knowledge so they can ask the right questions, prioritize the right areas, and make the right decisions.

Addressing climate change:

  • starts with the basics of climate science;
  • determines the potential impacts on the natural world and human societies;
  • examines the potential risks of a changed climate to businesses in different sectors;
  • assesses various stakeholders’ pressures and responds; and gets started with a plan.

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