Many executives are hoping that the UN Conference in Copenhagen, currently in progress, will negotiate an international deal on carbon reductions this week, providing stable directions to governments and businesses about how to deal with climate change. I think that for industry leaders such an outcome would be very nice, but not essential. Most of these leaders — companies such as BMW, Nokia, Roche, or TNT — are already committed to manage for sustainability and:
Take actions to reduce carbon emissions. Leading organizations launch carbon reduction initiatives before being forced to do so, to reduce their own costs and boost operational efficiency.
Address environmental impacts strategically. Leading organizations integrate energy efficiency and carbon reduction initiatives into their overall strategies for preserving economic health in the long term.