Has climate change affected your business? For example, by unusually heavy rains or prolonged drought? Or does it present new business opportunities to you? For example, developing new products?

If so, you have found the right course to strengthen your company’s climate resilience. This course introduces you to the basics of climate change, its causes and effects and explores why businesses need to address them.

It provides you with an introduction to Climate Expert Approach, developed by GIZ, which helps you to identify climate impacts, their effects on your business and supports you to develop the business case for climate adaptation measures. With the learnings from this course, you can formulate your company’s climate resilience strategy as well as an associated communication plan. Finally, the course will introduce you to the topic of green finance, with the aim to help you identify adequate sources of funding to implement climate adaptation measures

After having completed this course, participants will be able to:

Provide logical and concise arguments in favour of taking action to address climate change;
Evaluate the different impacts of climate change on your company and identify adequate climate adaptation measures to respond to these impacts;
Calculate the business case of different measures and decide how they should be integrated into your company’s climate resilience strategy and associated communication plan;
Identify adequate sources of green finance to fund the implementation of climate adaptation measures.
  • Module 1: Climate Change and Its Impact on Companies
  • Module 2: How Can Your Company Respond to Climate Change Impacts
  • Module 3: Developing and Communicating a Climate Resilience Strategy
  • Module 4: Accessing Green Finance
  • Case Study: Applying the Climate Expert Approach
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This course introduces the reasons for which environmental, social and economic sustainability is important to a small enterprise. It highlights both the short and long-term benefits of sustainability and introduces industry best practices in dealing with the challenges inherent in adopting them, with a focus on examples of enterprises which have successfully benefited from introducing sustainable measures in their business activities.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Associate the importance of sustainability to business success;
  • Identify ways in which an enterprise can reduce its negative impact on the environment;
  • Identify ways in which an enterprise can improve its social responsibility; and
  • Complete a basic enterprise sustainability assessment.

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  • Lecture 1: Introduction to Sustainability
  • Lecture 2: The Environment and Sustainability
  • Lecture 3: Society and Sustainability
  • Lecture 4: Economics and the Overall Sustainability of an Enterprise
  • Case Study Exercise
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