Private Sector Initiative (PSI) database

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 here.

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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

Water Vision Schiphol 2030: Creating a water sensitive airport

Royal HaskoningDHV

Engineering and Project Management Consulting

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Water resources

The Netherlands

Bio-toilets: Building a climate resilient society through environmentally friendly sanitation

Banka BioLoo Pvt Ltd

Waste Management

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

India

Enabling access to weather and climate services in Africa

Ericsson

Telecommunications

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Uganda

Providing farming training and assistance

Reducing water losses in South Africa

Nestlé

Food and Beverages

Education and training;
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
Water resources

China; Cote d'Ivoire;
Ecuador;    France; Indonesia; Mexico; Philippines; Thailand

Mainstreaming adaptation into projects: the Climate Safeguards System prototype

Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP)

Consulting and Environmental Services

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Tunisia

Rainwater harvesting and storage technology (bob)

EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV) a Division of Relief International

Consulting and Environmental Services

Business;
Human health;
Water resources

Uganda

The SimCLIM modelling system for climate impact and adaptation assessment

CLIMsystems Ltd

Information Technology Services

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Water resources

United States of America

Natural disaster insurance protecting Haiti's micro-entrepreneurs

Fonkoze (Fondasyon Kole Zepol)

Financial Services

Business;
Education and training;
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Haiti

Going beyond offsetting to invest in adaptation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; UNICEF UK

Legal Services

Human health;
Water resources

Mozambique

Desalination: Kurnell Project

Veolia Water

Energy and Utilities

Water resources

Australia

The effects of climate change on highway network policies and standards

URS Corporation

Construction and Engineering

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

United Kingdom

Adaptation of Railways to Climate Change (ARISCC)

International Union of Railways (UIC)

Transport and Logistics

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

France

Taking care of water: Adapting business operations

Thames Water

Energy and Utilities

Water resources

United Kingdom

Weather Index Insurance for drought risk in Thailand

Sompo Japan Insurance, Inc.

Financial Sector

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Water resources

Thailand

Mountains of change

Rifugio Dorigoni

Tourism and Recreation

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
Tourism

Italy

Wave Energy Converter

Nova Oceanic Energy Systems Inc.

Energy and Utilities

Oceans and coastal areas

Dominican Republic; other Caribbean States

Tomorrow's railway and climate change adaptation

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Transport and Logistics

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

United Kingdom

Research4Life and Eye On Earth

Microsoft Corporation

Information Technology Services

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

All

Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas

Maplecroft

Information Technology Services;
Consulting and Environmental Services

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

All

Investing in adaptation as part of corporate carbon management strategy

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE);
UNICEF UK

Real Estate Services

Education and training;
Human health

Madagascar

Adaptation for Smallholders to Climate Change (AdapCC)

Cafédirect;
GIZ

Food and Beverages

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Peru 

Climate change adaptation strategy for Kayonza Growers Tea Factory

Cafédirect;
GIZ

Food and Beverages

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Uganda

New technologies for climate change adaptation

BASF

Chemicals

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Brazil

Adaptation and the legal sector

Ecofys

Consulting and Environmental Services

Education and training

Netherlands

Hurricane guarantees and waivers

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

Tourism and Recreation

Tourism

Caribbean; Central America

Renewable energy building resilience of island communities

Ankur Scientific Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Energy and Utilities;
Science and Technology

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;
Renewable energy systems

India

eMalahleni: Water for adaptation

Anglo American

Mining and Metals

Water resources

South Africa

Guaranteeing security of supplies

Anglian Water

Water Management

Water resources

United Kingdom

Insuring against climate impacts and rewarding sustainable business practices

Allianz

Financial Services

Business

Brazil;           Egypt;          India;
Indonesia;

Microinsurance reducing farmers' exposure to weather risk

BASIX and ICICI Lombard

Financial Services

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

India

Developing stress-tolerant plants

Bayer

Chemicals

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Multiple

Fighting malaria with communities and governments

BHP Billiton

Mining and Metals

Human health

Mozambique 

Planetary Skin

Cisco Systems

Information Technology Services

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

United States of America

Adaptation program to support ecosystem services

EEAB (Bogot Water and Sewage Company)

Water Management

Water resources

Colombia

Adapting road infrastructure to climate change

Egis

Construction and Engineering

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

France

Hurricane Katrina: A climate wakeup call

Entergy Corporation

Energy and Utilities 

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

United States of America

Technologies that build climate resilience

General Electric

Water Management 

Water resources

Algeria;       China; India 

Ensuring reliability and continuity of energy supply

Eskom

Energy and Utilities

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

South Africa

Coffee Under Pressure: Climate Change and Adaptation in Mesoamerica (CUP)

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

Climate controlled greenhouses

Greenfield Hydroponics Systems, Inc.

Agriculture

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

India

New variety of blackcurrants to survive mild winters

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

Provision of solar energy builds resilience of rural population

HiNation AB

Energy and Utilities 

Renewable energy systems

Multiple

Preventive weather forecasting for West African farmers to increase agricultural yield

Ignitia AB, Ignitia Ghana Ltd

Science and Technology

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Ghana

Building community adaptive capacity

Himal Power Limited

Energy and Utilities

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Nepal

Water Wars

Intel

Information Technology Services

Water resources

United States of America

Relocation to improve snow pack and lengthen ski season

Intrawest

Tourism and Recreation

Tourism

Canada

Adaptation to climate change impacts through diversification of farming systems

ITC Limited

Agriculture

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

India

Water conservation through precision irrigation, a growing business

John Deere

Agriculture

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Israel; 
United States of America; Zambia

Levi's Water

Levi Strauss & Co.

Retail

Water resources

United States of America

Unraveling the cocoa genome

Mars; IBM; U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food and Beverages; Science and Technology

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Multiple

Learning about the economics of adaptation

McKinsey & Company

Consulting and Environmental Services

Business; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

United States of America

Adapting to climate change through changing growing patterns and spreading risks

Meinert Enterprises

Agriculture

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Canada

The 100K Home

Mario Cucinella Architects

Construction and Engineering

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Spain

InfraWeather

OBB

Transport and Logistics

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Austria

Replenishing water

PepsiCo India

Food and Beverages

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources

India

Building alliances around climate insurance

Munich Re

Financial Services

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Germany

Expertise reduces climate change risks for most vulnerable

Rabobank

Financial Services

Education and training

Cambodia; India; Indonesia; Laos; Philippines; Vietnam

Disaster preparedness, local capacity building, and planning

Riverside Technology

Consulting and Environmental Services

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

Bangladesh;   Brazil; Ethiopia; Morocco; Romania;  Sudan

Reappraising normal - Designing to weather, climate, and climate change

Rio Tinto

Mining and Metals

Water resources; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Australia

Climate resilient reconstruction

Royal Engineers and Consultants 

Construction and Engineering

Oceans and coastal areas;
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

United States of America

Integrating adaptation into core business practices

SEKEM Holdings Group

Food and Beverages; Consumer Packaged Goods

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Egypt

Working collectively to address the whisky industry's long-term risks

Scotch Whisky Association (SWA); Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI)

Food and Beverages

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources

United Kingdom

SkyHydrant Water Purification Technology

Siemens

Science and Technology

Water resources

Germany

Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA)

Swiss Re; Oxfam America

Financial Services

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

Ethiopia

Ensuring future supply of high-quality coffee

Starbucks Coffee Company; Conservation International

Food and Beverages

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

Mexico

Weather resilient boats

Tartari; Friendship

Agriculture (fisheries)

Oceans and coastal areas; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Bangladesh 

An ounce of prevention - Linking the interests of homeowners, business, and insurance providers

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Financial Services

Oceans and coastal areas; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

United States of America

New insurance products and climate risk

HSBC

Financial Services

Business; Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Brazil; United Kingdom

More resilient fibers to replace cotton

Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT)

Science and Technology

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Canada

Meeting energy needs for climate-resilient development

Sunlabob

Energy and Utilities

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Lao People's Democratic Republic

"Bringing Water to Life"

 Suntory Limited

Food and Beverages

Education and training; Terrestrial ecosystems; Water resources

Japan 

Taking the uncertainty out of climate and weather for stakeholders

The Climate Corporation

Financial Services

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

United States of America

mKRISHI: Empowering rural farmers

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

Investing in adaptation

Calvert Investments, Inc.

Financial Services

Business; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources    

United States of America 

Sustainable and climate resilient housing

CEMEX

Construction and Engineering

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Mexico

Information-based mobile applications for adaptation

China Mobile Communications 

Telecommunications

Education and training; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries;  Terrestrial ecosystems; Water resources

China

Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP)

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

Adapting to climate change by growing medicinal and aromatic plants

Fasiam Agro Farms; Jammu & Kashmir Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (MAP) Growers' Cooperative

Agriculture

Business; Education and training; Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

India

Masdar City

WSP Group; Foster + Partners

Construction and Engineering

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements;   

United Arab Emirates

Building reputations, securing resources: Teaming up for water conservation

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

Adapting to Climate Changes for Potato Production in The Andes

PepsiCo South America, Caribbean and Central America Foods

Food and Beverages

Water resources

Peru

Product solutions for a future of more constrained resources

Unilever

Consumer Packaged Goods

Water resources

United Kingdom

Aware for Investments- Climate Risk Screening Tool

Acclimatise

Information Technology Services; Consulting and Environmental Services

Business

United Kingdom

Climate change adaptation strategy for Kayonza Growers Tea Factory

CaféDirect

Food and Beverages

Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Uganda

Help crops adapt to changing climates

BASF

Chemicals

Capacity building, education and training; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, asseessment, monitoring and early warning

Multiple

Provide seed treatment for more efficient resource use

Bayer

Chemicals

Capacity building, education and training; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources

Germany

Creating business value through ecological stormwater management

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

Utilizing household wastewater in the large-scale

Dow

Chemicals

Water resources

The Netherlands

Adapt to local climate conditions and reduce impacts

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

Boosting crop yield for every drop of water

Syngenta

Agriculture

Capacity building, education and training; Finance and insurance; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Technology and Information & Communications Technology (ICT); Water resources

Switzerland

The Latin American Water Funds Partnership

Femsa Foundation

Food and Beverages

Capacity building, education and training; Finance and insurance; Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Water resources

Mexico

Green Infrastructure, Waste Water Recycling and Organic Waste Integrated Treatment System

Ecotelhado

Construction and Engineering; Water Management; Energy and Utilities

Water resources; infrastructure and human settlements

Brazil

ClimaGrid - Brazil

EDP Energias do Brasil

Energy and Utilities

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Infrastructure and human settlements

Brazil

Vivo Clima

Telefonica Brasil S.A.

Telecommunications; Water Management;

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Technology and Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Brazil

Green Farm Project in Itaquira, MS, Brazil

Green Farm Administradora de Imaveis Rurais e Preservado Ambiental

Agriculture; Water Management 

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; Infrastructure and human settlements

Brazil

Bolsa Floresta Programme: Helping riverine communities in the Amazon

Bradesco Bank; Amazonas Sustainable Foundation; Amazonas State Government

Finance

Water resources; infrastructure and human settlements; Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Brazil

Vulnerability assessment of the city of Goinia, GO, Brazil

Waycarbon

Consulting and Environmental Services

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Brazil

Integrated Biosystems applied in wastewater treatment of humid coffee
processing plant

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

Conservation of forests and mangroves with economic diversification as a mean to adapt to climate change

Bunge

Agriculture; Food and Beverages; Water Management 

Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Colombia

Panama's Bay Wetlands Project for reducing the potential risk of flood around
Airport areas

Copa Airlines

Transport

Oceans and coastal areas, Terrestrial ecosystems, Transport, infrastructure and human settlements, Tourism

Panama

Brazil Adapt Project: Building resilience in coastal areas

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

Strategic initiatives of adaptation to CC make a small business agro-exporter sustainable as well as its value chain

Chiles de Nicaragua, S.A

Agriculture; Food and Beverages

Food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Water resources

Nicaragua