Climate Change: Building Resilience While Protecting Human Rights

Human rights and climate change are inextricably linked. Whether caused by physical climate impacts or climate solutions themselves, climate change has disproportionate impacts on poor and marginalized communities, and it exacerbates the underlying systemic inequities that these communities already face. Connecting the dots, the report sheds light on different risks related to physical climate impacts and risks related to the transition to a low-carbon economy and derives the responsibilities and opportunities in a business context. Exploring the changing landscape for companies, it recommends a foresight-driven approach to factor the changing macro context into the design of robust policies, strategies, and programs. Furthermore, it includes recommendations for companies to prepare for adverse climate and human rights impacts across their value chains to create long-term, resilient business strategies.

Studies / Research / Report
Darnton H.
Harris S.
Park J.
36 pages
Climate Change
Community Impact
Due Diligence
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [UNGPs]