From scorching summers to devastating floods, it’s become impossible to ignore the impact of climate change. As a result, there has never been more desire from and demand by people around the world for countries to adopt more sustainable agendas. Companies, too, are now forced to reckon with the part that they play in climate change and develop environmentally-focused strategies. Conversations about climate change often occur within the workplace, and it’s imperative that co-workers have conversations within their teams about common climate challenges and what their organizations can do to lessen their climate impact. These conversations help companies establish more environmentally-friendly habits from the ground up, habits that will benefit both the companies and the planet.
Why climate challenges matter to business
Climate change may have once been easy to put to the back of our minds, but no longer. And yet, it still feels that many business leaders are unaware of the direct impact climate change will have on their companies.
In 2019, the UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) reported that productivity losses equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs will accrue by 2030 due to heat-related climate change. But that’s not the only concern. Many companies are woefully unprepared for the unpredictable impacts of climate change on supply chains, energy access, and, consequently, finance. Understanding what climate challenges mean to the fut …