Polycentric Business Governance and Climate Risk Mitigation

12 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2018

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Carolin D. Schellhorn

Saint Joseph's University - Department of Finance

Date Written: May 7, 2018


Governments and markets have thus far failed to adequately address the growing global threat to climate stability from human activity. Some businesses are emerging as active leaders in the mitigation of this threat, but they are hampered by incentives that work against their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This paper argues that businesses may best protect climate stability, a common-pool resource, when their collaboration is organized by a set of design principles that was developed for collective action to govern our commons. Allowing businesses to cooperate for the purpose of mitigating climate risks may not be anti-competitive, and may enhance long-term business performance. Additionally, collective climate action may create spillover effects that advance United Nations Sustainable Development Goals beyond those directly related to climate and environmental issues.

Keywords: Climate Risks; Common-Pool Resources; Corporate Statesmanship; Discount Rates; Free Riding; Governance; Polycentric; Pre-Competitive Collaboration; Resource Allocation; Sustainable Development Goals

JEL Classification: G30; G38

Suggested Citation

Schellhorn, Carolin D., Polycentric Business Governance and Climate Risk Mitigation (May 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3262295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3262295

Carolin D. Schellhorn (Contact Author)

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