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Why did we build Your Climate Change MBA? While the Climate Web is open-access, so much information is organized there that it might take you as long to find your “actionable knowledge” as to internalize and act on it. If you’re coming at climate change from the perspective of a business decision-maker, Your Climate Change MBA gives you instant access to what you should know about climate change, saving you literally hundreds of hours. Now on to the rest of the story.
Thirty years ago, a few companies started measuring their greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints, experimenting with the carbon offsets, and making the first corporate emissions reduction commitments. The Climatographers assisted many of those companies at the time.
Corporate responses to climate change have come a long way since then. Climate change is no longer just a chapter in corporate social responsibility reports. GHG footprints are everywhere, and often not limited to Scopes 1 and 2. Emissions reduction commitments are “going big” with science-based, net-zero, and even carbon-negative targets.
Nevertheless, the business risks posed by climate change are growing both in magnitude and in number.
Until just five years ago, companies were being told that material physical impacts of climate change were still decades away.
Five years ago there was almost no discussion of systemic climate risk, which is now commonly characterized as the risk elephant in the room.
Corporate initiatives and strategies that stakeholders once applauded might now be labeled as “greenwishing” or even “greenwashing.”
Brand risk, market transition risk, and even liability risk are all parts of the business risk picture.
Complicating business decision-making even further are calls for business to lead the charge on tackling climate change, given national and international policy inaction.
Nine years ago, when Simon Dietz of the London School of Economics was preparing to teach a climate change course for business executives, he could not find a textbook for the course. The Climatographers were asked to write that textbook, which was then published in 2012 under the title The Changing Profile of Corporate Climate Change Risk. It was followed in 2013 by Adapting to Climate Change– 2.0 Enterprise Risk Management.
Today, business decision-makers need far more actionable climate knowledge than they ever have needed before to deal with their rapidly changing business materiality environment (representing both risks and opportunities). No book can be comprehensive enough or remain current long enough to successfully deliver that actionable knowledge.
That’s why, soon after publishing The Changing Profile of Corporate Climate Change Risk, the Climatographers started building the Climate Web to support robust business climate change decision-making. The Climate Web is the closest thing today to a collective business intelligence focused on climate-related topics, and can support materiality assessments, assumptions audits, scenario planning, and more.
Your Climate Change MBA leverages the 20,000 hours of business knowledge curated in the Climate Web in support of your own climate change decision-making. From the knowns and unknowns of climate change, from the business implications of physical to systemic climate risks, from the options companies have from carbon offsets to scenario planning, Your Climate Change MBA helps you access the climate-relevant knowledge you need at any given time. While Your Climate Change MBA does not result in a professional certification, it does incorporate all the materials (and much more) used by the Climatographers’ Dr. Mark Trexler in teaching Business Climate Change Mitigation at George Washington University.
Your Climate Change MBA pulls together a great deal of topical information and insight, while also pointing you to a large number of curated “topical dashboards” in the Climate Web. Each of those “dashboards” can save you anywhere from a few hours to weeks of research. Note that taking advantage of the ability to download the Climate Web through Premium Access makes it much faster and easier to explore (more on that later).
The ultimate goal of the Climate Web is to help you access your actionable climate change. With that in mind, with your purchase you will also receive a roadmap to Your Climate Change MBA customized to your own specific business role, business sector, and decision-making needs. The roadmap is based on a 1-hour interactive session with the Climatographers. Information on purchasing Your Climate Change MBA is available to you at right.
Note: Due to the nature of its objectives and its content, Your Climate Change MBA will always be a work in progress. We welcome your suggestions for new content and modifications that would make Your Climate Change MBA more useful to you as a source of actionable business knowledge. Please contact the Climatographers at email@example.com or at 503-913-0025.
Note: If you want to dig deeper into climate change topics not dealt with in Your Climate Change MBA, check out Your Climate Change PhD. While there is some topical overlap between the two, Your Climate Change PhD digs much more deeply into topics including climate change as a wicked problem, the psychology of climate change, the communication of climate change, individual action on climate change, denial of climate change, playing Climate Chess, among other topics. It also provides access to all kinds climate change resourcesrelevant to people with a serious interest in climate change.