Why you should study climate change stats closely

Lest some members of your executive teams have some question about whether climate change is a relevant topic for your boardroom, I advise you to have them read this essay called "Why Climate Change Will Matter to Every Company, by two analysts/advisors from BSR, which is one of the sustainability consulting firms.

The authors' contention is that climate change policy isn't just a concern for energy or heavy manufacturing companies but a concern of every type of industry.

Forget for a moment, the physical impact of not doing anything. Your executive team should concern itself with climate change for the simple reason that the U.S. Congress is debating the issue, and it may have an impact on federal policy regarding international trade, agriculture and transportation. Just for starters.

So, even if you do nothing, the U.S. government may do something for you, which may come in the form of taxes, fees, levies or more compliance obligations. You shouldn't wait around and the essay I've referenced above provides some pretty specific illustrations of what that is so.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.