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Equipping Business Leaders with the Skills to Tackle Climate Change

Posted By Philip Santiago, Association of Climate Change Officers, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Whereas decision makers in large institutions have traditionally been challenged in long-term planning, particularly as it pertains to taking action on climate change, shrewd and savvy business leaders today are developing the capabilities to address short-term needs while planning on multi-decadal timescales. Why? Because, quite frankly, the impacts of climate change are clear and present, and can no longer be ignored.  Suddenly, and across the board, climate change has become an everyday concern – entire economies will need to find ways to adapt to new conditions in a changed world. 

Companies that want to thrive in ten to twenty years should be tasking their absolute best strategic and systems thinkers with addressing the risks and opportunities that climate change will present to their businesses.  They should be closely monitoring the latest climate science and performing enterprise-wide risk analyses to determine weaknesses, hone in on opportunities and develop strategies for action.  They should be creating adaptation plans, investing heavily in renewable energy generation, squeezing every last ounce of efficiency out of their facilities and finding new operational and logistical solutions for their core business practices.

I am both proud and excited to work at the Association of Climate Change Officers at this pivotal moment in history.  ACCO has forged a community including many of the most competent practitioners and educators in the climate field. The ideas they share in our conferences and collaborations help catalyze movements within the organizations of our membership and attendees.

It's exciting to be involved with ACCO because the training that we provide through our CCO CertificationTM Program gives the business person and organization of the present precisely the skills and strategies needed to look climate change squarely in the face and say, "I can beat you."  ACCO provides the knowledge and the community support that people working on climate need – regardless of their intersection with it – in order to tackle this most important of jobs.

The Women's Climate Collaborative, an initiative launched by ACCO in 2014, is growing into a vibrant community right in stride. Over 300 individuals registered for a recent WCC webinar, and a case study series the group has launched has already highlighted the work and insights of three amazing leading women in the climate field.

I look forward to the future we can build. Let's tackle this thing, together.

Tags:  Education  Long-term Planning  Training 

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