Risk, responsibility & opportunity: The CEO's guide to climate action

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There are five key steps that CEOs must take to address the challenge of climate change, according to the latest guide authored by PwC for the Copenhagen Climate Council.

Risk, responsibility & opportunity: The CEO's guide to climate action gathers insights from ten top executives and highlights how innovative companies across all sectors are facing up to climate change. Inside, CEOs discuss:

  • Seizing growth opportunities
  • Preparing and protecting your business
  • Setting an example
  • Empowering others
  • Helping to define climate change policies

Some of these roles are crucial for survival; others help define success, not just in tackling climate change, but to gain a strategic advantage over competitors.

The guide also features checklists for change, the top ten things to know about climate change, and a call to political leaders preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr., former CEO of PwC International Ltd and lead author, said: "CEOs that have contributed to this piece have drawn from their personal and professional experiences to produce a climate change action plan for their peers. Those that are able to adapt and innovate shall be the leaders of the next generation; those who wait too long risk being left behind."