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Climate change,Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility - 26 Mar 2014

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A brief introduction to the interconnected concepts of Climate change, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

This presentation gives good starting point to initiate detailed discussions on this subject.

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Climate change,Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility - 26 Mar 2014

  1. 1. Climate change , Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility A discussion Starter -- Sumit Mathur March 2014 Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80 PhotoCredit:http://www.motherearthnews.com/
  2. 2. Content  Climate Change  Why should organizations be concerned?  Sustainability  How can organizations contribute?  Long term sustainability - CSR  Triple Bottom Line Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  3. 3. Climate Change PhotoCredit:https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk//
  4. 4. Climate Change  Climate change is very much a reality  Will present us with challenges over the coming century  In its Third Assessment Report the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that:  "Overall, climate change is projected to increase threats to human health, particularly in lower income populations, predominantly within tropical/subtropical countries." Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  5. 5. Climate Change  Climate change can affect human health  Direct Impacts of thermal stress, death/injury in floods and storms etc.  Indirectly through changes in the ranges of disease vectors (e.g., mosquitoes), water-borne pathogens, water quality, air quality, food availability and quality  Actual health impacts strongly influenced by  Local environmental conditions  Socio-economic circumstances, and by  Range of social, institutional, technological, and behavioural adaptations taken to reduce the full range of threats to health Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  6. 6.  Broadly, a change in climatic conditions can have three kinds of health impacts:  Direct : usually caused by weather extremes.  Indirect : The health consequences of various processes of environmental change and ecological disruption that occur in response to climate change.  The diverse health consequences – traumatic, infectious, nutritional, psychological and other – that occur in demoralized and displaced populations in the wake of climate-induced economic dislocation, environmental decline, and conflict situations. Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  7. 7. Why should organizations be concerned? Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80 PhotoCredit:http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au//
  8. 8.  Reputation, market share, cost control, competition for talent and ethical standards  Need to keep up with the changing times and with the socio- economic developments  Climate change also represents an unprecedented and highly complex threat to long-term economic interests across the spectrum of financial and industrial activities  The increasing frequency of extreme climatic events, coupled with social trends, has the potentiality to stress insurers, re- insurers and banks to the point of impaired viability or even insolvency Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  9. 9. Sustainability  Sustainability is a critical business issue  Has the potential to be a differentiator in an organization’s ability to manage risk, create and protect enterprise value, and drive growth and innovation.  More and more organizations are voluntarily adopting environmentally sustainable practices and engaging their employees to help them manage carbon emissions and compete in a world of limited resources.  Leading companies stay well ahead of regulations and guidelines, spearheading the drive for transparency.  An increasing number of companies willingly submit their sustainability-related reporting to a degree of scrutiny similar to that of their financial statements Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  10. 10. How can organizations contribute to Sustainability & reduce effects of climate change? CSR – Leading the way to a sustainable future Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80 PhotoCredit:www.greenhotelier.org
  11. 11. CSR  A way that businesses manage the economic, social and environmental impacts of their operations  Maximise the benefits and minimise the downsides  Driven by both Government and businesses in their activities related to:  Governance  Ethics  Health and safety  Environment  Human rights, labour, culture, minorities  Sustainability  Accountability  Customer satisfaction Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  12. 12.  Organizations can and do undertake a variety of initiatives under the CSR route:  Spreading awareness on social issues  Helping rural development  Provision of health and sanitation services  Creating employment opportunities  Educating & training people  Developing roads, water tanks and other infrastructure etc.  An effective approach to CSR can enhance brand and company reputation by  Improving efficiency  Reducing the risk of business disruptions  Opening up new opportunities driving innovation Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  13. 13. The Triple Bottom Line for long-term sustainability Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80 toCredit:www.communitykirklees.org.uk/
  14. 14. Triple bottom line concept  More commonly known as ‘People, Planet and Profit’ approach – the three pillars of sustainability  The phrase, “People, Planet, Profit", was coined by John Elkington in 1995  Was later adopted as the title of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell's first sustainability report in 1997  As a result, one country in which the 3P concept took deep root was The Netherlands. Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  15. 15. Triple bottom line concept  Often environmental sustainability is the more profitable course for a business in the long run  Arguments that it costs more to be environmentally sound are often specious  Generally sustainability reporting metrics are better quantified and standardized for environmental issues than for social ones  A number of respected reporting institutes and registries exist including the Global Reporting Initiative, CERES, Institute 4 Sustainability etc. Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  16. 16. People  Pertains to fair and beneficial business practices toward labour and the community and region in which a corporation conducts its business.  A triple bottom line enterprise would  Seek to benefit many constituencies, not exploit or endanger any group of them.  Up stream a portion of profit from the marketing of finished goods back to the original producer of raw materials  Not use child labour and monitor all contracted companies for child labour exploitation Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  17. 17. People  A triple bottom line enterprise would  Pay fair salaries to its workers  Maintain a safe work environment and tolerable working hours  Typically seek to "give back" by contributing to the strength and growth of its community with such things as health care and education  Quantifying this bottom line is relatively new, problematic and often subjective.  The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has developed guidelines to enable corporations and NGOs alike to comparably report on the social impact of a business. Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  18. 18. Planet  Refers to sustainable environmental practices  A TBL company endeavours to  Benefit the natural order as much as possible  Minimise environmental impact  Reduce its ecological footprint by  Carefully managing its consumption of energy and non- renewables  Reducing manufacturing waste as well as rendering waste less toxic before disposing of it in a safe and legal manner Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  19. 19. Planet  A TBL company endeavours to  Conduct a life cycle assessment of products to determine what the true environmental cost is  From the growth and harvesting of raw materials to manufacture to distribution to eventual disposal by the end user  Not produce harmful or destructive products  Weapons, toxic chemicals or batteries containing dangerous heavy metals etc. Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  20. 20. Planet  In TBL thinking, an enterprise which produces and markets a product which will create a waste problem should not be given a free ride by society  It would be more equitable for the business which manufactures and sells a problematic product to bear part of the cost of its ultimate disposal  Ecologically destructive practices, such as overfishing or other endangering depletions of resources are avoided by TBL companies Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  21. 21. Profit  It differs from traditional accounting definitions of profit  In the original concept, within a sustainability framework, the "profit" aspect needs to be seen as the real economic benefit enjoyed by the host society.  An original TBL approach cannot be interpreted as simply traditional corporate accounting profit plus social and environmental impacts unless the "profits" of other entities are included as a social benefit  It is the real economic impact the organization has on its economic environment Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80
  22. 22. End of Presentation Copyright@Sumit Mathur http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sumit-mathur/5/686/b2 http://www.slideshare.net/sumitmathur80 PhotoCredit:http://suegraber.com/hope/

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