As leaders at AT&T work to mitigate climate change and adapt to its pending impacts, the reality of climate change on business becomes evident. Extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and natural disasters stand out among global risks the organization—and many others—face. For executives shaping long-term business strategy, it’s a reality they can’t afford to ignore.
“It’s not just AT&T. I’m seeing this more and more in all kinds of industries where companies are saying, ‘If this is the reality, then let’s prepare for it, let’s deal with it,’” says Antoine Diffloth, director of data insights in the Chief Data Office at AT&T.
As one of the world’s largest telecom companies by market cap, AT&T’s essential infrastructure, including cell towers and base stations, stands vulnerable to climate change impacts. In response, the telecom giant engaged in a pioneering public-private collaboration with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.
Together, they developed