Changing weather patterns in the UK and other social and economic effects of climate change have the potential to cause considerable disruption to daily life in the future. Your organisation will need to prepare for these risks so that you can continue to deliver your services.
More stormy weather, higher energy prices and reduced transport reliability are just some of the climate-related trends that are likely to have a direct impact on every organisation. How will your organisation cope with these challenges? Consider the impact on:
- your beneficiaries or cause
- your staff, volunteers and trustees
- your premises
- your other resources
- your operations
- your finances.
Managing the risks
As with other risks, it would be impossible to manage every threat that climate change could pose for your organisation. The key will be to explore the range of challenges you could face, and assess them according to their likelihood and the impact they would have. You’ll then be able to create a plan for managing the risks at the top of the list.
New requirements and expectations
- legislation requiring organisations to reduce their carbon footprint
- environmental reporting demands from funders and commissioners
- expectations from donors, service users and other stakeholders for evidence of good practice in this area.
The Health, Safety and Environment Group at RNIB lead the organisation’s work on climate change, ensuring that the implications of emerging climate change trends are easily understood in a risk management context.
Friends of the Elderly is already addressing its carbon emissions partly because of public sector commissioning requirements.
Read more about the experiences of several organisations operating in the UK that have tackled these questions.
You’ll also want to consider the implications climate change will have on your beneficiaries or cause.
Advice and support
- Funding and finance
- Coping with cuts
- Addressing needs
- Managing change
- Planning for the future
- Involving people
- Public Service Delivery
- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
- Campaigning and influencing policy
- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
- People, HR and employment