Climate change affects poor people rst and worst. It is a major obstacle to
development and poverty alleviation, as well as a serious threat to businesssupply chains and markets in developing countries
Business must play a leading role in
the ght against climate change. Oxfam
is calling on companies to take thefollowing steps:
Ask governments to act.
Lobbylouder and harder for world leadersto set ambitious emissions-reduction targets and to provide
sufcient nancing to enable poorer
countries to mitigate and adapt to climatechange. Companies can:
• Sign up to business calls for action at
• Ask politicians for ambitious emissions-reduction targets and adequate nance for
• Get the CEO to call for a strong deal inCopenhagen when speaking in public or to
• Get employees and customers to register
support for climate action.In return, governments will establish
policies that set out a clear frameworkfor emissions reductions; open markets
for new technologies; create certainty for investment in a low-carbon economy; anddetermine carbon prices.
Business actioncan generateopportunitiesand stimulatethe economy while buildingsupply-chainresilienceand reducingimpacts on poor people.
Cut absolute emissions.
Ensure that less greenhouse gasemissions are being releasedinto the atmosphere overall,regardless of company expansion, whilealso addressing ‘indirect’ emissions fromthe company’s supply chain. Companies can:
• Set, plan for, and report on ambitious
absolute emissions-reduction targets.
• Estimate and start to tackle indirectemissions and promote energy efciency
in supply chains.
• Host conferences promoting the
company’s climate policies and explainingthe business case for emissionsreductions.By doing so, companies can reduce their own contribution to climate change evenas they prosper and grow.
Develop technologies andproducts that will help people
new ood-defence systems,
and weather-related insurance productscan help developing countries to copewith climate change, provided they have
access to these technologies exibly and
affordably. Companies can:
• Develop technologies and products thatwill help people to adapt – and make sure
that developing-country employees andsuppliers are prepared for climate change.
• Ensure that their use of scarce resources
in developing countries – such as water
and energy – do not conict with the
needs of local communities.
These actions can generate businessopportunities and stimulate the economy,while building supply-chain resilience
and reducing impacts on poor people.