The JUST Report: Climate Risks Create Big Opportunities for Corporate Leadership

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Extreme temperatures are shattering weather records around the world. Almost 100 million Americans were reportedly under some level of excessive heat warning this week. Extreme weather conditions are being documented across much of the world. Sea surface temperatures in the tropical North Atlantic are at record high levels, fueling the intensification of tropical cyclones and what is expected to be a “above-normal” Hurricane season. Heat-related deaths, sadly, are an all-too-frequent news headline.

Then there’s the economic impact. According to researchers, “under current climate conditions, lost labor productivity due to heat in the U.S. could reach $100 billion a year [and] that loss could reach $200 billion by 2030 and $500 billion by 2050.”  

What this also points to is the growing opportunity for market-based solutions to help the world adapt to a more volatile climate. This spans everything from helping businesses deal with the effect of extreme heat on workers – something Bloomberg highlighted this week – to building resilience into supply chains, logistics, food and agriculture production, and physical infrastructure (buildings, roads, electric grids); to risk management and insurance solutions that protect against climate-related financial loss.

It’s an area where AI can play a strong supporting role, too. JUST 100 company IBM’s “Environmental Intelligence Suite,” which leverages AI to help clients improve risk management and decision-making on climate risk, is one example. PG&E’s use of AI to enhance fire and outage risks is another. Beyond AI, construction companies are working to find workforce solutions to enhance safety and productivity, and energy companies, like those in Michigan, are preparing to keep the power grid running. HP and Intel’s leadership on water management in the semiconductor industry and broader technology sector y also springs to mind.

Helping the world address climate risk and extreme weather is becoming an increasingly important facet of just business leadership and overall stakeholder performance.

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Must Reads

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Chart of the Week

This chart comes from excellent research by Politico’s Morning Consult on Voter Sentiment on Caregiving in the U.S. The chart shows that only 36% of companies offer paid family caregiving leave, despite the fact that 59% of respondents would be more likely to stay at a job that has it. Explore the details here. 

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