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Climate change and corporate value: What companies really think

A survey report by Eversheds Sutherland and KPMG IMPACT seeks to uncover the barriers and opportunities in the global corporate response to climate change.

Katherine Blue

Katherine Blue

Principal, Advisory, KPMG US

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Maura Hodge

Maura Hodge

Partner, Audit, U.S. Sustainability (ESG) Practice Leader, KPMG US

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Arun Mani

Principal, Advisory, Strategy, KPMG US

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Amy S. Matsuo

National Leader, Regulatory Insights, KPMG US

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Arun Ghosh

Principal, Advisory, U.S. Blockchain Leader, KPMG US

Frank Manahan

Frank Manahan

Advisory Managing Director, Financial Services Solutions, KPMG US

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A climate awakening for companies?

In the first report of its kind, KPMG IMPACT and Eversheds Sutherland surveyed the opinions of business leaders from more than 500 global companies about the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to their organizations. The survey found that corporate leaders are well aware of the risks associated with climate change and that climate risks equate to financial risks. At the same time, most leaders felt they weren’t yet equipped to deal with the challenges of creating a net zero-carbon business. Nevertheless, facing internal and external pressures, a majority indicated that they will need to take more aggressive steps toward decarbonization, recognizing that such a strategy is not only good for the environment but also good for business. 

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Corporate leaders need to address the risks associated with climate change and move toward decarbonization.

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  • Climate has become a significant boardroom issue requiring action: There is growing recognition among business that climate change may very likely result in substantial transformation of their business as well as bring new opportunities. However, a substantial knowledge gap exists about what is required to create a net zero-carbon business.
  • Companies are being pressured to implement decarbonization strategies: Investors are key influencers and have become very focused on climate issues when evaluating investment and divestment decisions. In addition, regulators and employees have become an important factor, and there is an ever-increasing consumer demographic that has put climate change at the top of their priorities.
  • The new focus on climate risk is manifesting itself on companies’ People Agenda: Climate action is increasingly becoming a key driver of executive remuneration via long-term incentive planning. Also, as the war for talent heats up, the rapid polarization of younger generations on the topic of climate change has become a concern across the corporate landscape.
  • Critical barriers to decarbonizing business remain: These include, high costs of decarbonization; inability to source technology solutions; limited skills and expertise; and lack of awareness of potential solutions to finance climate resilience and decarbonization strategies. 
To learn more about this report and insights discussed, or to discuss your climate risk roadmap, please get in touch.
 

About KPMG IMPACT

KPMG IMPACT brings together an experienced network of professionals from across the globe to deliver industry leading practices, research and trusted client solutions to address the biggest issues facing our planet, having a real and positive impact today and for our collective future.

Through KPMG IMPACT, we aim to deliver growth with purpose. We unite the best of KPMG to help our clients fulfil their purpose and deliver against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so all our communities can thrive and prosper. 

 

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