A company’s relationship with climate change impacts its relationships with its people. If you aren’t connecting with your employees about climate, it’s time to look in.
Though it may seem paradoxical, speaking openly about the challenges to achieving our climate targets reinforces the seriousness of our commitments.
As shareholders, regulators and stakeholders put increasing pressure on businesses for ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) disclosures, the urge to ‘patch up the holes’ is natural. But will this approach serve corporations and their investors in the long run? We believe there’s a better path – with less risk, and more potential opportunity.
They called it a Park Crawl. It was the summer of 2014, and one of Canada’s biggest environmental non-profits had pulled out all the stops to create the perfect engagement and climate change constituency-building event: an afternoon exploring the green spaces deep in the heart of downtown Toronto.
As climate risk and action have become mainstream business and investor concerns in the last year, it finally felt like climate policy journalism would start getting the serious space that it deserved. At last, climate considerations would shape national dialogue about our future and priorities.
Change—relentless, fearsome, hopeful, exciting, anxiety-provoking change—is part of the zeitgeist of our time. One of today’s few certainties is that our very near future will look significantly different from our present. What does that have to do with public communications? Everything.