Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Climate change poses risks for human and natural systems and, according to the IPCC, can lead to breakdowns of infrastructure networks and critical services, food and water insecurity and loss of ecosystems, among others. The negative consequences of climate change can impact the utilities and affect operations of businesses, their supply chains, workplace security, consumer needs and market expansion. Anticipating and adapting to climate change impacts therefore brings multiple benefits to companies, such as avoiding costs and better managing liabilities, protecting employees, expanding market shares through new products and services and accessing new financing streams.

The private sector’s adaptive response to climate change can also significantly help strengthen the climate resilience of the communities they operate in. Caring for Climate aims to highlight leading corporate adaptation actions to show the benefits of adaptation and community resilience for the private sector, particularly from developing countries, and to inform the preparation of company strategies and activities in this area.

What You Can Do

Ahead of COP21 in December 2015 in Paris, the UN Global Compact, together with UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat and through the Caring for Climate initiative, aims to highlight leading corporate adaptation actions to demonstrate the benefits of adaptation and enhancing community resilience for the private sector.

Share Your Adaptation Experience

Caring for Climate calls on companies to share their leading adaptation strategies and activities. Companies wishing to submit a case study are asked to:

  1. 1. Complete the Adaptation Case Study Submission Form [http://caringforclimate.org/wp-content/uploads/Form_Template_adaptation_case-studies_May2015.docx]
  2. 2. Submit the completed form with contact information to freyb@un.org by 14 September 2015.

Participate in a Local Adaptation Dialogue

Caring for Climate supports Global Compact Local Networks convening dialogues on addressing climate change adaptation at the national and local levels. These dialogues aim to identify climate change risks and opportunities for the private sector and explore how it can support national or local adaptation policies and plans. Interested companies or Global Compact Local Networks are invited to contact Bernhard Frey at freyb@un.org to learn more.

Climate and Energy Action Hub

The Climate and Energy Action Hub is an online platform that allows companies to browse through existing and to showcase new private sector climate projects – including on adaptation – that have potential for scalability or have scope to engage additional partners. Companies, civil society organizations or Governments are encouraged to post new projects or to join existing partnerships. Visit the Hub.

More on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

  • The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience (PDF)
  • Adapting for a Green Economy. Companies, Communities and Climate Change (PDF)
  • Business and Climate Change Adaptation: Toward Resilient Companies and Communities (PDF)
  • Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Guidance (PDF)
  • The State of Adaptation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (PDF)
  • UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2014 (PDF)
  • UNFCCC Private Sector Initiative – database of actions on adaptation (PSI)

For more information and questions, please contact Bernhard Frey at freyb@un.org