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Managing Climate Risks and Capturing New Business Opportunities

Incorporate climate change into your business decision making and risk assessment

Climate change is emerging as a defining issue on the business agenda – globally, nationally, and regionally. More than three-quarters of global economic output is covered by some form of net-zero emissions pledge. There is growing recognition that all sectors of the economy need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emission and take steps to adapt to more chaotic weather systems. The most immediate pressure on companies is to respond to rapidly changing regulations, both within the United States and overseas. The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington is introducing this seminar to help corporate managers develop strategic plans that will help manage risks and capture new opportunities from the drive to net zero emissions.

Upcoming Seminar Dates

November 7-8, 2022 – In Person
  • Gain a better understanding of how to reduce the risks of climate change on your organization.
  • Learn how to use relevant data to assess the financial costs of climate change.
  • Learn to incorporate the impact of climate change in your business strategy.
  • Understand how to manage regulatory developments associated with ESG.
  • Develop a plan and process that integrate the ESG ecosystem to drive investment strategies.
  • Discover how investor demand is pushing new disclosure requirements.
  • Design a focused climate strategy to maximize benefits across stakeholders.

Day 1

The Economic and Financial Implications of Climate Change

  • Climate-financial risk identification and assessment
  • Tools for incorporating climate into investment analysis
  • The role of scenario analysis in dealing with uncertainty
  • Exploration of potential upsides and new areas of business growth

Incorporating Climate Change in Business Strategy

  • Methods for incorporating climate into a company’s daily operations
  • Tools for identifying opportunities and risk to your organization
  • Market impacts and how organizations are acting across their supply-chains
  • Identifying profitable actions to address social & environmental impacts

Day 2

Incorporating Climate Change in Financial Reporting

  • Regulatory developments: how investor demand is pushing new disclosure requirements
  • The service professions’ readiness to aid rapidly evolving corporate ESG needs
  • Designing a focused climate strategy to maximize benefit across stakeholders
  • The near-term outlook for data acquisition and analytics

Charlie Donovan is Visiting Professor of Finance at the University of Foster School of Business. Professor Donovan was previously the Founding Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College London and Academic Director of its business school’s Master of Science in Climate Change, Management and Finance.  He began his career as a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and subsequently spent more than a decade as a finance executive in the energy industry. He subsequently was co-founder and chief financial officer of a cleantech start-up based in Europe.  Professor Donovan is currently academic co-chair of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investing, an investors body representing over $20 trillion of assets under management.

Kevin Wilhelm is CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting.  He was recognized by Climate Change Business Journal in 2021 with the Individual Award for Industry Leadership. His firm has worked with over 260 organizations on realizing business value from addressing the environmental impacts of climate change. Some of his clients include New York Life, Delta Airlines, Carmax, Amazon, Nordstrom, REI, Expedia, Alaska Airlines, Eddie Bauer, Whole Foods, and the Seattle Sounders.  He also teaches ESG reporting at Harvard and wrote the Amazon bestseller How to Talk to the “Other Side”: Finding Common Ground in Time of Coronavirus, Climate Change and Recession.

Matthew Van Winkle is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Foster School of Business.  He is also Director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program, where he is in the process of rolling out new ESG curriculum to provide the next generation of auditors the skills necessary to provide assurance services over corporate ESG disclosures. Professor Van Winkle was previously a portfolio manager at Empyrean Capital, a multi-billion-dollar, multi-strategy global hedge fund.  He began his career in the investment industry by founding Voyant, an investment research and consulting firm that serviced dozens of prominent asset management firms across the globe.

This course will benefit those with responsibilities in any of the following areas:

  • Risk management
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Treasury management
  • Major capital expenditures
  • Business development
  • Investment evaluations
  • Government affairs
  • Supply chain management
  • Facilities
Dates and fees Registration
November 7-8, 2022
Register now
Deadline: October 31, 2022

Payment must be made by check, credit card, or submit a purchase order for later invoice.

It is strongly encouraged that you register early as space is limited. See discount and cancellation policies.

Bank of America Executive Center (BAEC)
University of Washington Main Campus
4275 NE Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195
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Parking for our classes is offered in the Central Plaza Garage at 15th Ave NE and NE 41st Street. You will receive a parking code from the program manager via email prior to the start of the class.

Directions for accessing the Central Plaza Garage and the BAEC building.

Commuter info
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Disability accommodation
The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Please see this reference about submitting accommodation requests.

Class materials and homework
You will be contacted by the program manager via email and provided with materials to read prior to class.

Class schedule

November 7 – 8:30am – 5:30pm

November 8 – 8:30am – 12:30pm

Continuing Education Credits
Participants are eligible to receive .6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this seminar. You must request tracking of your CEU credits when you register. More information about CEUs.

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The UW Foster School of Business is committed to teaching strategies that help students grasp the gravity of climatic forces shaping the future and equip them to add value with innovative solutions. Read more about Professor Donovan’s involvement in this initiative at Foster and how climate change is already effecting businesses, governments, and financial markets.

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