Harvey Nash Research Shows Boards Turn a Blind Eye to Climate Change

Harvey Nash Research Shows Boards Turn a Blind Eye to Climate Change

PR Newswire

LONDON, November 13, 2018

LONDON, November 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Harvey Nash/LBS Leadership Institute report reveals more than half of boards have never discussed impact on supply chains

More than half (56%) of non-executive directors admit to never having discussed climate change, despite the major implications for entire supply chains of a predicted rise in global temperature.

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The research - carried out by Harvey Nash in partnership with London Business School's (LBS) Leadership Institute - presents the views of more than 600 chairs and non-executive directors from Asia Pacific, the Nordics and the UK. It suggests that too many boards still see climate change purely in terms of green energy or governance initiatives.

"For boards, climate change is a bigger issue than just having 'green credentials'," warns Christine de Largy, Chair of the UK Board Practice, Harvey Nash. "Climate change will affect everyone - not just organisations' suppliers and customers, but also the entire onward chain of customers and suppliers. Boards that don't understand, or even discuss, the risks associated with climate change are creating strategies without full view of the risks, which are likely to increase over time."

Even in the energy sector where the impact of climate change is arguably most pressing, a staggering 41% of non-executive board members concede that no board time is devoted to the issue. 33% of non-executive directors in the manufacturing industry report the same.

"The major implications of a rise in global temperature should be provoking far more strategic thought in global boardrooms," says Randall S Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of LBS's Leadership Institute.

"Shareholder pressure is undoubtedly a major driver," says Professor Peterson. "92% of non-executive board members in the Nordics say their shareholders demand 'good business'. In the UK, only just over half agree."

As well as suggesting that more talk and more action on climate change is urgently required, the research also reveals that:

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