Newsletter: COP21 – The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation



Climate resilience news and announcements

From the Desk of Emilie

The atmosphere in Paris mid-way through the negotiations is cautiously optimistic. While most of the hard lifting is yet to be done, negotiators and observers seem reasonably satisfied with how far along things are. In this hopeful context, we are proud to contribute an exciting new report on The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation, written for Caring for Climate. We hope you find inspiring examples of how business can be part of the solution, and useful guidance for policymakers to support community-minded corporate adaptation.
Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO

COP21: The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation

Four Twenty Seven was the lead author on the latest Caring for Climate report on The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation, developed in cooperation with the UN Global Compact, UNFCC and UNEP, and their partners,and published today at COP21 Business Leadership Forum. The report explores the business case for responsible corporate adaptation to climate change through a series of case studies.  Learn More

COP21: New Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) announced on December 4th it was establishing an industry-led disclosure task force on climate-related financial risks under the chairmanship of Michael R. Bloomberg. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) will develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to lenders, insurers, investors and other stakeholders.

This important industry development will help provide guidelines and benchmarking for companies. The transition to a carbon-free, resilient economy may bring costs for fossil fuel industry and businesses in vulnerable locations. Early risk identification, disclosure and resilience planning make all the difference – read more on how we can help.

Audiocast: Nik Steinberg on What’s at Risk? Capturing The Costs of Climate for Business.

Climate change presents real challenges and costs for business operations. Both large and small organizations are susceptible to liability costs and direct disruption of their operations from extreme weather, rising global temperatures, and other climate change impacts. Solutions do exist to help monetize and develop adaptation and resilience strategies that can protect the bottom line.

Nik spoke at the 2015 Industrial Environmental Association about how Four Twenty Seven is working to help business and industry understand the costs of their exposure to climate risk.

Do Federal Agencies Address Climate Risk in the Supply Chain?

How do Federal Agencies incorporate the risks of climate change into their organizations? Its a question that has been raised by the Obama administration through executive order Executive Order 13653.

Our summary highlights key findings from the General Accountability Office (GAO) report on how federal agencies are identifying, evaluating and addressing the impacts of climate change on their supply chains and suppliers. Read more about barriers and the state of play in the federal government, and lean more on how Four Twenty Seven can help you identify hotspots in your supply chain.

Higher Temperatures to Reduce Economic Income

new study published in Nature by Stanford and UC Berkeley shows the impacts of temperature changes on the global economy.  The report found that “If future adaptation mimics past adaptation, unmitigated warming is expected to reshape the global economy by reducing average global incomes roughly 23 percent by 2100 and widening global income inequality, relative to scenarios without climate change.”

Meet the Team: Colin Shaw

Colin Shaw, MDP (2016)
Colin joined the Four Twenty Seven team in May 2015 while pursuing a Master’s degree in Sustainable Economic Development at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Colin spent 8 years in Transaction Services at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working on over 200 mergers and acquisitions ranging in size from $5 million to $40 billion in enterprise value.Motivated by a growing awareness of the global threats of climate change, Colin decided in 2014 to apply his extensive private sector experience and actuarial background toward climate change risk measurement, risk mitigation, and adaptation efforts.

Catch us at these events

Connect with us at these upcoming events

Nov 30-Dec 11, 2015 – COP21, Paris, France – Emilie will join the Business Leadership Forum for the publication of our report on The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation.
Dec 14-18, 2015 – AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA – Nik will be presenting on the panel Towards Effective Decision-maker / Scientists Interactions (Dec 14 at 11:05am)
March 8-10, 2016 – Climate Leadership Conference, Seattle, WA



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