Resource Security

The flow of society’s essentials — food, water, energy — is being increasingly disrupted as populations and incomes rise in emergent economies and climatic shifts deepen.

Consequences already visible include price volatility, intransigent barriers to growth, and escalating conflict. The Global Risk Center works to isolate the most salient resource risk factors, their interrelationships, and solutions with promise. This is an endeavor with multiple focal points, including infrastructure, technology, market structures and logistics.

Reporting Climate Resilience

The challenges ahead.

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The Growing Need for Climate Resilience

A time of transition.

Since 2011, climate-related risks have dominated the rankings of the top five threats to global prosperity in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report — with good reason. Extreme weather events, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, water supply crises, and biodiversity loss, among other climate-related risks, threaten the long-term viability of many businesses.

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Reporting Climate Resilience: The Challenges Ahead

How climate-resilient is your company? Not unsurprisingly, stakeholders are looking for greater transparency on the implications of climate-related events and trends for an organization’s financial performance, and many organizations are being faced with this question. Yet, most organizations are unsure what disclosing climate risks means in practice, or how and where to get started.

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Five factors driving the need for increased climate resilience

Five factors driving the focus on climate resilience.

Organizations have traditionally thought about climate change and environmental sustainability as reputational risks best managed through corporate social responsibility programs. In recent years, however, many organizations have been caught unprepared as they begin to feel the effects of a changing climate and the transition to a lower-carbon economy. Directors and the C-suite must respond to demands for climate resilience from regulators, investors, customers, and the supply chain in order to succeed in what is fast becoming the new normal.