Climate Change and Business Risk


Climate Change and Business Risk

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Developing a strategic approach

Is your company prepared for the climate transition already underway? Can you respond effectively to changing expectations from investors, regulators and customers? How do you support your board in discharging their fiduciary duties related to climate risk?

Investors, regulators and customers increasingly acknowledge climate change as one of the defining challenges of our generation. Companies are now expected to demonstrate a competent response to this challenge. Already affecting organisational operations, reshaping markets and the structure of the economy, our changing climate is no longer just a corporate responsibility issue – it is a financial and strategic issue.

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was created to develop guidelines for voluntary climate-centred financial disclosures across industries. It has developed recommendations related to governance, strategy, risk management, metrics and targets, that offers a useful framework for integrating climate risk into strategy.

Through this short course, we’ll show you how to move past short-term pressures, policy uncertainty and the difficulty of organisational and systems change, to develop and implement a strategic approach for successfully integrating climate change into business strategy.

This course is run by Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and Climateworks Centre.

What you'll learn

Designed with a commercial focus, by the end of this program participants will be able to:

  • assess what a robust and ambitious climate strategy looks like
  • characterise climate-related physical, transition and legal risks to your organisation
  • articulate the changing expectations of investors, regulators and customers and the role of disclosure
  • apply frameworks to identify pathways for, and business opportunities in, transitioning to net zero emissions.

Learning journey

This is a blended-format short course consisting of an online kick-off session, online learning materials and a face-to-face workshop, run over two days in Melbourne CBD.


Who should attend?

This course is ideal for senior managers and executives in finance, risk, operations, strategy and corporate affairs. Designed with a commercial focus, it will help you develop, implement and interrogate your approaches for incorporating climate change into strategy.

Program dates and times

Program fee


  • 10% discount for Monash alumni
    To access the discount code visit the Alumni portal here
  • 10% discount (per person) for multiple participants from the same organisation

Digital badging

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a digital badge to share with your network. Find out more about digital badges.

Faculty and presenters

Dirk manages the Professional Development Education Program at MSDI. He has particular subject matter expertise in ESG and business and sustainability, and designs and teaches into a variety of academic and professional development programs. These include: Climate change and business risk, Monash MBA and Executive MBA, and the McKinnon Institute’s Advanced Political Leadership.

Before joining Monash, Dirk worked in banking as a sustainability and strategy specialist, advising on climate change, renewable energy and responsible investment. Prior to that he designed and delivered Executive Education programs as part of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Wei leads the Sustainable Corporates team at Climateworks Centre, which focuses on accelerating systems change in organisational-level net zero strategies of companies and investors.

She recently supported the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative, working with large corporates in Australia’s hard-to-abate sectors. She has also led a number of projects to develop decarbonisation strategies, including Monash University’s Net Zero Strategy and was the project manager and co-author of Climateworks’ Energy Productivity Index for Companies project, publishing the first global energy productivity benchmark of listed companies.

Wei has presented on various climate change capacity building programs. She also has prior experience in sustainability and management consulting.

Holly is a Project Manager in the Sustainable Corporates team. She supports educational and capacity building activities that enable key systems and individuals to take action to manage climate risks and reduce emissions, including coordinating the delivery of tertiary and executive education programs.

She is the Chief Examiner for the Monash Business School postgraduate unit, 'Climate Change and Carbon Management Strategies'. Before joining Climateworks, Holly managed the delivery of sustainability projects and policies in a local government in Victoria.

Anna Skarbek is CEO of Climateworks Centre, working to develop the low carbon economy. A former banker and green policy adviser, Anna has led Climateworks since its creation in 2009.

Anna is a director of the Green Building Council of Australia, the Centre for New Energy Technologies and Sentient Impact Group. She is a member of the Blueprint Institute’s strategic advisory council and the Grattan Institute’s energy program reference panel, and is on the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero Asia-Pacific Advisory Board. Anna was a founding board director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Carbon Market Institute, and was the 2020 Mission Innovation Champion for Australia.


Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI)

Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is a leading interdisciplinary research and education institute. Through our teams including Climateworks Centre, BehaviourWorks Australia and MSDI Water, we continue to make significant impacts on policy, practice and behaviour across our region and the world.

We offer academic and professional development courses that enable people and organisations to engage and respond to some of the biggest environmental, economic and social issues facing our world today.

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