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Adaptation Private Sector Initiative (PSI)

Private Sector Initiative - database of actions on adaptation

 

While climate change poses a number of risks to vulnerable communities and businesses around the world, many opportunities are unfolding for private companies to implement actions towards reducing risks to their business operations, as well as investing in adaptation action in vulnerable regions in a sustainable and profitable manner, including:

  • New market opportunities and expansions;
  • Development of climate friendly goods and services;
  • Potential cost savings;
  • Risk reduction measures, including physical operations;
  • Climate proofing the supply chain;
  • Enhanced corporate social responsibility.

This online database of case studies has been developed under the Private Sector Initiative (PSI) of the Nairobi work programme, and  features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.

Adaptation activities may relate either to ensuring the resilience of business operations, or the provision of technologies or services that assist in the adaptation in vulnerable communities.

For any suggestions for additional examples to be included in this database, please download the submission form and email it to nwp@unfccc.int with the subject "PSI case study". For a sample of a submission click pdf-icon here (1216 kB) .




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Database of case studies
Title of business case                         Name of company Business sector               Main adaptation area relevant to case study                                              Country
pdf-icon Enabling access to weather and climate services in Africa (147 kB) Ericsson Telecommunications Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Uganda
pdf-icon Providing farming training and assistance (218 kB) Nestlé Food and Beverages Education and training;
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
Water resources

China;       Côte d’Ivoire;
Ecuador;    France; Indonesia; Mexico; Philippines; Thailand

pdf-icon Mainstreaming adaptation into projects: the Climate Safeguards System prototype (111 kB) Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) Consulting and Environmental Services Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Tunisia
pdf-icon Rainwater harvesting and storage technology (bob) (134 kB) EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV) a Division of Relief International Consulting and Environmental Services Business;
Human health;
Water resources
Uganda
pdf-icon The SimCLIM modelling system for climate impact and adaptation assessment (1845 kB) CLIMsystems Ltd Information Technology Services Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Water resources
United States of America
pdf-icon Natural disaster insurance protecting Haiti’s micro-entrepreneurs (421 kB)

Fonkoze (Fondasyon Kole Zepol)

Financial Services

Business;
Education and training;
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
Haiti
pdf-icon Going beyond offsetting to invest in adaptation (174 kB)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;                            UNICEF UK

Legal Services Human health;
Water resources
Mozambique
pdf-icon Desalination: Kurnell Project (212 kB) Veolia Water Energy and Utilities Water resources Australia

pdf-icon The effects of climate change on highway network policies and standards (122 kB)

URS Corporation Construction and Engineering Transport, infrastructure and human settlements United Kingdom
pdf-icon Adaptation of Railways to Climate Change (ARISCC) (120 kB) International Union of Railways (UIC) Transport and Logistics Transport, infrastructure and human settlements France
pdf-icon Taking care of water: Adapting business operations (141 kB) Thames Water Energy and Utilities Water resources United Kingdom
pdf-icon Weather Index Insurance for drought risk in Thailand (372 kB) Sompo Japan Insurance, Inc. Financial Sector Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Water resources
Thailand
pdf-icon Mountains of change (163 kB) Rifugio Dorigoni Tourism and Recreation Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
Tourism
Italy
pdf-icon Wave Energy Converter (121 kB) Nova Oceanic Energy Systems Inc. Energy and Utilities Oceans and coastal areas Dominican Republic; other Caribbean States
pdf-icon Tomorrow’s railway and climate change adaptation (161 kB) Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Transport and Logistics Transport, infrastructure and human settlements United Kingdom
pdf-icon Research4Life and Eye On Earth (183 kB) Microsoft Corporation Information Technology Services Education and training;
Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning
All
pdf-icon Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (359 kB) Maplecroft Information Technology Services;
Consulting and Environmental Services
Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning All
pdf-icon Investing in adaptation as part of corporate carbon management strategy (200 kB) CB Richard Ellis (CBRE);
UNICEF UK
Real Estate Services Education and training;
Human health
Madagascar
pdf-icon Adaptation for Smallholders to Climate Change (AdapCC) (337 kB) Cafédirect;
GIZ
Food and Beverages Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Peru 
pdf-icon Climate change adaptation strategy for Kayonza Growers Tea Factory (398 kB) Cafédirect;
GIZ
Food and Beverages Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Uganda
pdf-icon New technologies for climate change adaptation (149 kB) BASF Chemicals Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Brazil
pdf-icon Adaptation and the legal sector (144 kB) Ecofys Consulting and Environmental Services Education and training Netherlands
pdf-icon Hurricane guarantees and waivers (133 kB)

Apple Vacations;
Club Med;
Sandals;
SuperClubs;
TNT Vacations

Tourism and Recreation Tourism Caribbean; Central America
pdf-icon Renewable energy building resilience of island communities (121 kB) Ankur Scientific Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Energy and Utilities;
Science and Technology
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Renewable energy systems
India
pdf-icon eMalahleni: Water for adaptation (156 kB) Anglo American Mining and Metals Water resources South Africa
pdf-icon Guaranteeing security of supplies (137 kB) Anglian Water Water Management Water resources United Kingdom
pdf-icon Insuring against climate impacts and rewarding sustainable business practices (137 kB) Allianz Financial Services Business

Brazil;           Egypt;          India;
Indonesia;

pdf-icon Microinsurance reducing farmers’ exposure to weather risk (149 kB) BASIX and ICICI Lombard Financial Services Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries India
pdf-icon Developing stress-tolerant plants (115 kB) Bayer Chemicals Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Multiple
pdf-icon Fighting malaria with communities and governments (134 kB) BHP Billiton Mining and Metals Human health Mozambique 
pdf-icon Planetary Skin (126 kB) Cisco Systems Information Technology Services Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning United States of America
pdf-icon Adaptation program to support ecosystem services (145 kB) EEAB (Bogotá Water and Sewage Company) Water Management Water resources Colombia
pdf-icon Adapting road infrastructure to climate change (124 kB) Egis Construction and Engineering Transport, infrastructure and human settlements France
pdf-icon Hurricane Katrina: A climate wakeup call (125 kB) Entergy Corporation Energy and Utilities  Transport, infrastructure and human settlements United States of America
pdf-icon Technologies that build climate resilience (122 kB) General Electric Water Management  Water resources Algeria;       China;        India 
pdf-icon Ensuring reliability and continuity of energy supply (128 kB) Eskom Energy and Utilities Transport, infrastructure and human settlements South Africa
pdf-icon Coffee Under Pressure: Climate Change and Adaptation in Mesoamerica (CUP) (149 kB) Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR);                 International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Food and Beverages; Agriculture Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries El Salvador; Guatemala; Mexico; Nicaragua
pdf-icon Climate controlled greenhouses (165 kB) Greenfield Hydroponics Systems, Inc. Agriculture Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries India
pdf-icon New variety of blackcurrants to survive mild winters (152 kB) GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) (Ribena) and Scottish Crop Research Institute Agriculture;                Food and Beverages

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

United Kingdom
pdf-icon Provision of solar energy builds resilience of rural population (347 kB) HiNation AB Energy and Utilities  Renewable energy systems Multiple
pdf-icon Preventive weather forecasting for West African farmers to increase agricultural yield (336 kB) Ignitia AB, Ignitia Ghana Ltd Science and Technology Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Ghana
pdf-icon Building community adaptive capacity (157 kB) Himal Power Limited Energy and Utilities Transport, infrastructure and human settlements Nepal
pdf-icon Water Wars (135 kB) Intel Information Technology Services Water resources United States of America
pdf-icon Relocation to improve snow pack and lengthen ski season (181 kB) Intrawest Tourism and Recreation Tourism Canada
pdf-icon Adaptation to climate change impacts through diversification of farming systems (152 kB) ITC Limited Agriculture Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries India
pdf-icon Water conservation through precision irrigation, a growing business (131 kB) John Deere Agriculture Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Israel; 
United States of America; Zambia
pdf-icon Levi’s® Water (151 kB) Levi Strauss & Co. Retail Water resources United States of America
pdf-icon Unraveling the cocoa genome (154 kB) Mars;                         IBM;                          U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Beverages; Science and Technology Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Multiple
pdf-icon Learning about the economics of adaptation (120 kB) McKinsey & Company Consulting and Environmental Services Business; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning United States of America
pdf-icon Adapting to climate change through changing growing patterns and spreading risks (122 kB) Meinert Enterprises Agriculture Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Canada
pdf-icon The 100K Home (387 kB) Mario Cucinella Architects Construction and Engineering Transport, infrastructure and human settlements Spain
pdf-icon InfraWeather (309 kB) ÖBB Transport and Logistics Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Transport, infrastructure and human settlements Austria
pdf-icon Replenishing water (187 kB) PepsiCo India Food and Beverages Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources India
pdf-icon Building alliances around climate insurance (183 kB) Munich Re Financial Services Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Germany
pdf-icon Expertise reduces climate change risks for most vulnerable (139 kB) Rabobank Financial Services Education and training Cambodia; India; Indonesia; Laos; Philippines; Vietnam
pdf-icon Disaster preparedness, local capacity building, and planning (145 kB) Riverside Technology Consulting and Environmental Services

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Education and training

Bangladesh;   Brazil; Ethiopia; Morocco; Romania;  Sudan
pdf-icon Reappraising “normal” - Designing to weather, climate, and climate change (135 kB) Rio Tinto Mining and Metals

Water resources; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Australia
pdf-icon Climate resilient reconstruction (124 kB) Royal Engineers and Consultants  Construction and Engineering Oceans and coastal areas;
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
United States of America
pdf-icon Integrating adaptation into core business practices (115 kB) SEKEM Holdings Group Food and Beverages; Consumer Packaged Goods Transport, infrastructure and human settlements Egypt
pdf-icon Working collectively to address the whisky industry’s long-term risks (148 kB) Scotch Whisky Association (SWA); Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) Food and Beverages Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources United Kingdom
pdf-icon SkyHydrant Water Purification Technology (146 kB) Siemens Science and Technology Water resources Germany
pdf-icon Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA) (162 kB) Swiss Re;                Oxfam America Financial Services Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Ethiopia
pdf-icon Ensuring future supply of high-quality coffee (149 kB) Starbucks Coffee Company; Conservation International Food and Beverages Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Mexico
pdf-icon Weather resilient boats (121 kB) Tartari;         Friendship Agriculture (fisheries) Oceans and coastal areas; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Bangladesh 
pdf-icon An ounce of prevention - Linking the interests of homeowners, business, and insurance providers (130 kB) The Travelers Companies, Inc. Financial Services Oceans and coastal areas; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning United States of America
pdf-icon New insurance products and climate risk (128 kB) HSBC Financial Services Business; Transport, infrastructure and human settlements Brazil;   United Kingdom
pdf-icon More resilient fibers to replace cotton (126 kB) Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) Science and Technology Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Canada
pdf-icon Meeting energy needs for climate-resilient development (172 kB) Sunlabob Energy and Utilities Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Lao People's Democratic Republic
pdf-icon "Bringing Water to Life" (140 kB)  Suntory Limited Food and Beverages Education and training; Terrestrial ecosystems; Water resources Japan 
pdf-icon Taking the uncertainty out of climate and weather for stakeholders (170 kB) The Climate Corporation Financial Services Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries United States of America
pdf-icon mKRISHI: Empowering rural farmers (163 kB) Tata International Limited (Tata Consultancy Services) Telecommunications

Education and training; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources

India
pdf-icon Investing in adaptation (154 kB) Calvert Investments, Inc. Financial Services Business; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources     United States of America 
pdf-icon Sustainable and climate resilient housing (152 kB) CEMEX Construction and Engineering Transport, infrastructure and human settlements Mexico
pdf-icon Information-based mobile applications for adaptation (148 kB) China Mobile Communications  Telecommunications Education and training; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries;  Terrestrial ecosystems; Water resources China
pdf-icon Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP) (155 kB) Intact Financial Corporation;   University of Waterloo Financial Services Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Terrestrial ecosystems; Transport, infrastructure and human settlements; Water resources Canada
pdf-icon Adapting to climate change by growing medicinal and aromatic plants (213 kB) Fasiam Agro Farms;                 Jammu & Kashmir Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (MAP) Growers' Cooperative Agriculture Business;  Education and training; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries India
pdf-icon Masdar City (164 kB) WSP Group;         Foster + Partners Construction and Engineering Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;    United Arab Emirates
pdf-icon Building reputations, securing resources: Teaming up for water conservation (160 kB) The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC); The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Food and Beverages Education and training; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Terrestrial ecosystem;    Water resources Thailand; Vietnam
pdf-icon Adapting to Climate Changes for Potato Production  in The Andes (423 kB) PepsiCo South America, Caribbean and Central America Foods Food and Beverages Water resources Peru
pdf-icon Product solutions for a future of more constrained resources (168 kB) Unilever Consumer Packaged Goods Water resources United Kingdom
pdf-icon Aware for Investments™ - Climate Risk Screening Tool (233 kB) Acclimatise Information Technology Services; Consulting and Environmental Services Business United Kingdom
pdf-icon Climate change adaptation strategy for Kayonza Growers Tea Factory (168 kB) CaféDirect Food and Beverages Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Uganda
pdf-icon Help crops adapt to changing climates (88 kB) BASF Chemicals Capacity building, education and training; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, asseessment, monitoring and early warning Multiple
pdf-icon Provide seed treatment for more efficient resource use (89 kB) Bayer Chemicals Capacity building, education and training; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources Germany
pdf-icon Creating business value through ecological stormwater management (89 kB) Cook Composites and Polymers Co. (CCP) Composites Resins Capacity building, education and training; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources United States of America
pdf-icon Utilizing household wastewater in the large-scale (118 kB) Dow Chemicals Water resources The Netherlands
pdf-icon Adapt to local climate conditions and reduce impacts (89 kB) Unilever Consumer Packaged Goods Capacity building, education and training; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources Kenya and Tanzania
pdf-icon Boosting crop yield for every drop of water (120 kB) Syngenta Agriculture Capacity building, education and training; Finance and insurance; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Technology and Information & Communications Technology (ICT); Water resources Switzerland
pdf-icon The Latin American Water Funds Partnership (235 kB) Femsa Foundation Food and Beverages Capacity building, education and training; Finance and insurance; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources Mexico
pdf-icon Green Infrastructure, Waste Water Recycling and Organic Waste Integrated Treatment System (116 kB) Ecotelhado Construction and Engineering; Water Management; Energy and Utilities Water resources; infrastructure and human settlements Brazil
pdf-icon ClimaGrid - Brazil (391 kB) EDP Energias do Brasil Energy and Utilities Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Infrastructure and human settlements Brazil
pdf-icon Vivo Clima (175 kB) Telefônica Brasil S.A. Telecommunications; Water Management; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Technology and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Brazil
pdf-icon Green Farm Project in Itaquiraí, MS, Brazil (287 kB) Green Farm Administradora de Imóveis Rurais e Preservação Ambiental Agriculture; Water Management  Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Infrastructure and human settlements Brazil
pdf-icon Bolsa Floresta Programme: Helping riverine communities in the Amazon (165 kB) Bradesco Bank; Amazonas Sustainable Foundation; Amazonas State Government Finance Water resources; infrastructure and human settlements; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Brazil
pdf-icon Vulnerability assessment of the city of Goiânia, GO, Brazil (77 kB) Waycarbon Consulting and Environmental Services Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Brazil
pdf-icon Integrated Biosystems applied in wastewater treatment of humid coffee
processing plant
(155 kB)
O Instituto Ambiental (OIA), State Street Nicaragua (SSN) Consulting and Environmental Services Energy, Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Terrestrial ecosystems, Transport, infrastructure and human settlements, Water resources Dominican Republic
pdf-icon Conservation of forests and mangroves with economic diversification as a mean to adapt to climate change (188 kB) Bunge Agriculture; Food and Beverages; Water Management  Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries Colombia
pdf-icon Panama's Bay Wetlands Project for reducing the potential risk of flood around
Airport areas
(199 kB)
Copa Airlines Transport Oceans and coastal areas, Terrestrial ecosystems, Transport, infrastructure and human settlements, Tourism Panama
pdf-icon Brazil Adapt Project: Building resilience in coastal areas (54 kB) Ilhas do Brasil; Bovespa Environmental and Social Stock Exchange; HSBC Institute Consulting and Environmental Services Oceans and coastal areas, Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning Brazil
pdf-icon Strategic initiatives of adaptation to CC make a small business agro-exporter sustainable as well as its value chain (168 kB) Chiles de Nicaragua, S.A Agriculture; Food and Beverages Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources Nicaragua