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Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision-Making (a Climate Week NY event)

  • Baruch College's Newman Conference Center 151 East 25th Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)

Climate change already impacts how the world around us functions, and it will increasingly continue to do so well into the future.  We design programs and products, build cities and infrastructure, and run businesses and institutions under a set of assumptions that the planet’s climate systems will behave in a predictable, dependable way.  When those models are wrong, our designs fail, resulting in economic harm and public health catastrophes.

ACCO proudly presents its next Climate Week New York event featuring institutions that have been developing and implementing solutions to build institutional capacity for sound climate change action and preparedness.

Advancing Human Capital & Decision-Making (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Embedding climate change competencies throughout the various lines of business and professions within large institutions is a challenge, but one that must be met.  This session will feature insights from leaders of some of the most cutting edge leadership and technical support building initiatives in the world.

Featured Topics

  • Assessing workforce capabilities & governance structures
  • Developing a strategic training plan for building and sustaining capacity
  • Measuring the value and progress of capacity building efforts
  • Incorporating climate change into job descriptions and performance expectations

Networking Lunch & Special Guest Speaker TBA (12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Understanding and Operationalizing the Findings of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (1:30pm – 4:00pm)

In 2017, the Michael Bloomberg chaired Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures published their findings on a disclosure framework that publicly traded companies should be following in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders.  These findings are applicable to government agencies and higher education institutions, who are facing increasing scrutiny from many of these same external stakeholders.  With an emphasis on incorporating climate change more effectively into governance, strategic planning and risk management, public and private sector organizations are increasingly grappling with understanding and operationalizing this guidance.

Featured Topics

  • Understanding drivers for investors, insurers and bond rating agencies
  • Examining the change management implications of climate change and evolving governance structures
  • Incorporating climate change into an organization’s enterprise strategic planning and risk management activities
  • Obtaining buy-in from key stakeholders