In a 2019 global survey, 1,250 CEOs rated environmental / climate change risk the single biggest threat to business growth.1
The race is on for businesses to understand their environmental impact and to manage the legal risks to succeed in a lower-carbon future.
Our report, which gathers insights from our global experts, considers the political, regulatory and commercial pressures arising from climate change, looks at the steps for ensuring that risk management practices measure up to the climate change challenge, and examines the benefits for businesses in all sectors that lead the transformation and innovate toward a lower-carbon future.
Mitigating risk, and the rapid rise of climate change-related litigation
The risks associated with climate change exceed the purely environmental, with the shift to a lower-carbon economy seemingly inevitable. Across geographies and sectors, stakeholders are judging businesses by both their perceived contribution to climate change and their efforts to mitigate its effects. Areas such as financing, contracts, human rights, and adequate disclosures and government action/inaction are also under greater scrutiny than ever before.
Transitioning to a lower-carbon future
Addressing climate change impacts can bring efficiencies and new sources of revenue for those who embrace innovation.
Across all industries ranging from financial services to natural resources, businesses are responding to demand for lower-emission products and services by innovating their operations to adhere to higher standards, and factoring carbon pricing into their strategic planning as evidence of their commitment to combat climate change and comply with emerging regulations. This enhances their attractiveness not only to consumers but to investors – giving them further access to funding with which to drive innovation.
- Agile or irrelevant, Redefining resilience, 2019 Global CEO Outlook, KPMG International 2019.
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