The Climate Resilient Organization

The Climate Resilient Organization

Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change and Weather Extremes

Martina K. Linnenluecke and Andrew Griffiths

Climate change has had a significant impact globally, predominantly for those vulnerable to its influence. The first book of its kind, The Climate Resilient Organization assesses the issues that have mounted for decision-makers in the field, whilst providing strategies to tackle them. With a particular focus on building climate-resilient pathways for private sector organisations, the expert authors offer practical tools and decision-making criteria for evaluating adaptation needs, costs and benefits. Split into two parts this book begins with an analysis of the subject on a global scale; it continues by translating the science surrounding it while presenting it in a manner suited to local decision-makers.

Chapter 8: The path forward: new frameworks for business strategy and innovation

Martina K. Linnenluecke and Andrew Griffiths

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, environment, climate change


Humanity has already emitted and continues to emit a large amount of carbon into the atmosphere. The growing levels of GHG emissions already make a complete avoidance of the adverse impacts of climate change unachievable. Even the strongest attempts at stabilizing GHG concentrations would not be able to prevent all residual loss and damage, and especially vulnerable locations, communities and sectors will still feel some of the effects of climate change. Climate change, therefore, calls for new approaches that take into account not only the need to mitigate GHG emissions, but also the need to adapt and the need to build resilience (Denton et al., 2014). The role of businesses in responding to climate change is clear. While businesses have been central to the creation of the wealth and the technologies that have transformed society (Michaelis, 2003), organizational development and economic growth have been major drivers behind the intensification of natural resource use and consumption that has risen to unsustainable levels. Following assessments in earlier chapters regarding how organizational decision-makers can assess climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and the prospects for adaptation and creating resilience, this concluding chapter summarizes avenues for approaching climate change through a combination of different strategic responses. In terms of ‘what to do’ to respond to climate change (now and in the future), this chapter identifies and discusses the formation of climate-resilient pathways (Denton et al., 2014).

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