Giving Compass' Take:
- Here are five ways business leaders can value human health and well-being while fighting for climate justice and environmental conservation.
- How are health and climate connected? What can individual donors do to support CSR efforts that tackle these issues?
- Read more about climate change and public health.
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The kick-off article to this series shared a startling statistic: Forty percent of the world’s population is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and most of the people in this group live in the countries least responsible for causing it. What’s also startling is that climate change is one of this group’s least immediate concerns. These communities lack access to health care, struggle with food insecurity and water scarcity, and generally have difficulty meeting basic needs.
While climate change is certainly one root cause of these problems, simultaneously addressing climate change and inequity, or climate justice, requires that we examine human well-being, not just environmental progress. How can people withstand the impacts of climate change or help solve the problems they face if they aren’t healthy enough to thrive day to day?
Businesses—in their myriad roles as employers, suppliers, and investors—need to lean into end-to-end sustainability by taking actions that improve not only the environment but also livelihoods, particularly among vulnerable communities in their value chains. And while all companies can evolve their approach to put equal or more weight on building healthy communities, companies that provide essentials like health care services and food supplies have a particular opportunity to develop goals and plans that take overall well-being into account, and that support the environment and society in parallel.
Whatever specific approach a business takes to achieve this, it must make environmental and societal sustainability integral to its operations, and secure the full support of leadership so that all decisions, investments, innovations, and measurement systems are meaningfully embedded into the business. Here are five ways to start.
Read the full article about health and climate change by Daniella Foster at Stanford Social Innovation Review.