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January 31, 2023

ESG Acceleration Webinar: How Swiss Companies Can Leverage TCFD

As Switzerland has adopted an ordinance requiring mandatory climate disclosures based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Swiss companies are required to get up to speed on how to use TCFD to better understand climate risks and opportunities. In this webinar, Peregrine Chard, Head of Risk at Ocado Group will share some practical insights from their inspiring ESG strategy, and Finch & Beak’s TCFD expert Josephin Schulz will be making the case for why TCFD is beneficial, elaborate on the climate risk analysis process, and share some best practice tips.
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Responding to COP27’s Main Takeaways

The recent COP27 once again highlighted urgent topics that need global attention, results that were achieved (and unfortunately also those that were not), and provided enough challenges and considerations for organizations and countries to deliberate forthcoming change. A new agenda topic is that of loss and damage which unified countries in agreement about establishing a fund for assisting and supporting developing countries. In this article, we briefly elaborate on some of the main topics discussed, highlight takeaways of the event that are worth considering as part of an organization’s sustainability agenda, and specifically, consider how these challenges can be addressed through the activation of material ESG topics. The downloadable checklist for materiality activation is a helpful tool to support your organization in starting the process.
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No Time to Waste, the Only Way is Forward

Although yielding many positive outcomes, unfortunately, this year’s COP27 proved that the clock speed with official negotiations is much slower than that by the actors of the real economy where the discussion is about speeding up the transformations and getting finances to flow. Different this year from previous conferences was that there is consensus that we can’t afford any other way than a way forward, towards 1.5°C. This article is a personal account by Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) summarizing the key takeaways and elaborating on why collaboration and accountability are the way to get from commitment to action.
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Successfully Implementing TCFD: Risk & Opportunity Analysis

This article is the first article in our series titled 'Successfully Implementing TCFD', explaining the different phases of Finch & Beak's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Roadmap in more detail. This article focuses on the suggested phase of conducting a climate-related risk and opportunity assessment by sharing valuable insights on how to assess and understand climate-related risks and opportunities. The accompanying download provides practical tips to assist your organization in overcoming three barriers that can prevent the successful implementation of TCFD.
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Activating Climate Change Management in the ICT Industry

With the expected growth of the Communication Services industry, concerns related to energy use, product sustainability, and CO2 emissions are expected to increase, too. For this reason, these issues naturally form part of the top priorities of materiality matrixes of organizations in the industry. Developing a climate strategy provides a great opportunity to activate materiality on these topics and ultimately, reduce companies’ impact on the environment. This article explains how organizations can improve their longevity and resilience by identifying and assessing climate risks and opportunities associated with their business and provides practical steps for developing a corporate climate strategy.
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How the Postal Industry is Making Progress on Aligning with TCFD

As postal companies face increasing pressure from regulators, society, and investors to act on climate and reduce GHG emissions, intensified net-zero actions and focused climate plans are crucial for the industry. This article elaborates on the ESG maturity of the top five postal companies, selected from a recent Finch & Beak benchmark study, highlights exemplary best-practice TCFD-alignment lessons to be learned, and suggests how companies can make and achieve climate goals by applying the TCFD recommendations.
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What Each Sector Needs To Do To Achieve Net Zero

The AR6 Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change report elaborates on what is required across human society to decarbonize. This final article in the series about the highlights of the latest IPCC reports suggests what each sector can do to at least halve emissions by 2030 and concludes that if ever there was a crucial decade for climate action, it is now.
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How to Keep Global Warming to Within 'Safe Levels'

Is it still technically feasible to bring temperatures down to 1.5°C-2°C ? In this third article in the four-part series unpacking the key pieces of information from THE IPCC AR6 reports, we explore which monumental actions will be required to bring temperatures down to a safe level and limit global warming.
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Impacts of Climate Change on Human Society

This article, the second in a four-part series unpacking the key pieces of information from the IPCC AR6 reports, provides insights into climate change impacts so far, how they will impact the world in the future, and suggests how humans can adapt.
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The Latest Climate Science from the IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces a set of major reports every seven years summarizing the latest climate science and its implications for human society. This article is the first in a series of four blog posts unpacking the key pieces of information from the reports and explores the key highlights from the AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis report that considers the emissions pathway we are tracking, the topic of abrupt climate tipping points, and the logic of a 1.5°C versus 2°C target.
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