Climate change and poverty: Article 13's new research…

From: Article 13
Published: Mon May 23 2005

Article 13, the leading specialists on governance, business responsibility and sustainable development, have published the report, "Climate Change and Poverty: A Business Opportunity?" as a contribution to the ongoing debate about how business can contribute – beyond pure philanthropy – to addressing these two problems.

The report contains a wealth of original material: a survey of FTSE-500 chief executives on their current approaches and expectations of future developments; interviews with leading UK-based companies such as Shell, HBOS and British Airways; a unique survey into the views of young managers and future business leaders; and the results of a series of workshops with academics, business experts, government ministers and civil servants.

Some outline findings:
• 70% of chief executives surveyed are concerned about climate change, with business sustainability narrowly ahead of cost implications as the highest risk factor.
• Few chief executives are spending time addressing global poverty, but 52% of future leaders believe this will be a very significant issue for business in the long term.
• There is a consensus that the two issues are linked via the issue of global economic development and that climate change will hurt the poor in developing countries hardest.
• There are companies which have taken a very proactive role in addressing these issues and see real business benefits, beyond reputational effects.

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