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8 things every CFO should know about THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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Climate change has become a critical financial issue for corporations worldwide. The adverse effects of climate change pose significant risks to the profitability and sustainability of businesses across industries. Therefore, it has become evident that investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies is necessary for business to survive. In this blog post, we will explore the main reasons to invest in climate change and the financial impact on the profit and loss (P&L) statements of corporates.

1. ETHICAL RESPONSABILITY AS A BUSINESS LEADER

It seems like an obvious first point. We caused climate change; hence we have a responsibility to be part of the global climate solution. By being part of the solution, companies can lead the way and promote a more sustainable future for all. For example, supporting communities creates positive social impact; investing in renewable energy solutions and sustainable practices improves public health, reduces inequality, and enhances the overall well-being of society. Therefore, embracing climate action demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility and contributes to a more just and equitable world.

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2. INCREASING COSTS, OPERATIONAL DISRUPTIONS, AND LONG-TERM RISK MITIGATION

Rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and sea-level rise contributes to increased costs and operational disruptions. Corporates may face heightened expenses related to physical damage, repairs, and insurance premiums, among other risks.

Moreover, infrastructure vulnerabilities, such as damage to supply chains, transport disruptions, and energy supply interruptions, can disrupt operations, resulting in reduced productivity and revenue loss. In the case of supply chains, it is necessary to build long term resilience by diversifying suppliers, mapping climate-related risks, and establishing contingency plans. This will protect the company from costly delays in production or in delivery of goods.

Developing a long-term mitigation strategy and proactive adaptation measures help protect assets, supply chains, and operations from climate change, regulatory changes, and evolving stakeholder expectations.

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3. REGULATORY PRESSURES AND POLICY CHANGES

Governments worldwide are implementing stricter regulations and policies to combat climate change. These regulations often come with financial implications for corporates. Carbon pricing mechanisms, emission caps, and stricter environmental standards can lead to higher compliance costs. Failure to adapt to these evolving regulations can result in penalties, fines, and reputational damage.

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4. ACCESS TO GREEN FINANCING AND LOWER CAPITAL COSTS

The growing emphasis on sustainable finance and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) criteria has created opportunities for companies investing in climate change. By aligning your company’s practices with climate goals, you can access green financing options, such as green bonds and sustainable loans, at favorable interest rates. This not only provides capital for climate-related projects but also reduces your company’s overall cost of capital.

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5. COST REDUCTION THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Climate change investments often focus on energy efficiency measures, which can lead to significant cost reductions. By improving energy efficiency in operations, buildings, and processes, your company can reduce energy consumption, lower utility costs, and enhance overall operational efficiency. These cost savings translate directly to improved profitability and operational performance.

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6. NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies can create new business opportunities and enhance competitiveness. Developing and adopting sustainable technologies, renewable energy sources, and eco-friendly products can lead to cost savings, improved efficiency, and access to new markets. Additionally, early movers in sustainable practices may benefit from favorable partnerships, brand loyalty, and a positive corporate image.

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7. REACHING CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS

A strong brand reputation for sustainability can attract new customers, increase customer retention, and drive revenue growth. Consumers are increasingly favoring sustainable and environmentally responsible products and services. Organizations that fail to meet these evolving preferences can lead to reduced sales and diminished market share.

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8. ATTRACTING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT

Professionals are increasingly prioritizing working for companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. By investing in climate change, your company can attract and retain top talent, reducing recruitment and turnover costs. A strong commitment to sustainability creates a positive work culture and fosters employee engagement, leading to higher productivity and overall financial performance. Uncover your carbon footprint and assess your scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions.

The financial impact of climate change on corporates is undeniable and it demands immediate attention. Escalating costs, operational disruptions, regulatory pressures, shifting consumer preferences, legal liabilities, and litigation risks, companies face substantial liabilities that can jeopardize organizations financial profitability and valuation. However, by being proactive and investing early in mitigation and adaptation measures provides an opportunity to future-proof businesses, gain a competitive edge, and attract responsible investors. At Strive by STX, we accompany organizations worldwide on their road to decarbonization from start to finish. Fill out this form to start your climate conversation with our team.

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