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COVID-19: The Weakness of Traditional Risk Management Strategies

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The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how vulnerable companies are to systemic risk events — and how limited our normal business risk management approaches are in these situations. In January 2019, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Harvard Global Health Institute published a white paper about how businesses should prepare for a pandemic. It recommended steps […]

What Does COVID-19 Tell Us About Global Business Risk Forecasting?

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The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Global Risk Reports get a lot of attention from the business community. In recent years, the prominence of climate change related risks has suggested to many observers that the business community is getting more serious about tackling climate change.The COVID-19 crisis, however, gives us an interesting look into how […]

Climate Risk Disclosure? Great Idea! But to What End?

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Global calls for better corporate “climate risk disclosure” have exploded over the last 12-24 months. The underlying hypothesis of much of the risk disclosure conversation is that if companies disclose climate risks to shareholders, financial markets will price those risks into share prices, stock markets will become more efficient, and financial stability will be safeguarded. […]

Companies Started Tackling Climate Change 29 Years Ago: How Has the Business Environment Changed?

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In 1988 Roger Sant and his company Applied Energy Services (now just AES) were building small coal-fired power plants around the U.S. Roger would have preferred to build wind, but there was no way to make that work economically. So he set out with the help of the World Resources Institute to do the first […]

How Will the Brave New Post-Paris World Work?

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Whether you are someone looking for action to slow climate change, or someone who opposes such action, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is bad news because it creates more uncertainty about the future. That uncertainty translates into risk. If you’ve sought action on climate change, President Trump’s announcement reflects a step back from […]

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