Shareholders to CEOs: “Act on Climate or Else!”

A Quick History Lesson: Barbarians at the Gate

Here We Go Again

  1. For most companies, decarbonization is the biggest business opportunity (and/or risk) they will ever face.
  2. But, many management teams are pursuing such opportunities too timidly.

Some Very Recent History

CEOs — Don’t Let This Happen

What Should You Do?

  • Formulate and disclose a near-term strategy to lower your emissions over the next three to five years.
  • Let your investors (and your critics) and other stakeholders know exactly what you plan to do, what it will cost, and what will be difficult. Welcome their feedback.
  • Encourage your green-minded customers to ”walk their talk” by favoring your products.
  • Let elected officials and the public know precisely what policies and regs will help you take your emission reductions further.
  • Do everything you can to shift the dialogue on corporate climate initiatives to one that is focused on the near term and is based on the nuts and bolts of doing business in a commercially sound and environmentally sustainable way.

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Former CEO of The Nature Conservancy CEO. “Nature’s Fortune” author. Family man, yogi, ice climber, vegan.

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Mark Tercek

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Former CEO of The Nature Conservancy CEO. “Nature’s Fortune” author. Family man, yogi, ice climber, vegan.

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