Yale School of Management

Former NRDC President Frances Beinecke Calls for Urgent Action on Climate Change

Leaders Forum

Many governments and businesses are joining the effort to stop climate change, but more widespread cooperation is desperately needed, according to Frances Beinecke YC ’71, FES ’74, former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Fundamentally, we will need a public policy, and the corporate angle is huge,” Beinecke, a member of the Yale SOM Board of Advisors and a McCluskey Fellow at Yale, told students at the Yale School of Management on November 5. “Where private dollars flow is going to be critical. The public sector is not going to have the wherewithal to address this problem alone.”

Speaking as part of Yale SOM’s Leaders Forum speaker series, Beinecke delivered a talk titled “Climate Change and Global Corporate Responsibility.” The event was shared via live video with students at participant schools of the Global Network for Advanced Management. Sharon Oster, the Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, moderated the discussion.

Calling climate change “a really fundamental moral issue for the planet,” Beinecke said the time for widespread mitigation efforts is now.

“The scientists are the most alarmed because they work on it every day, and the indicators are really grim,” she said. “The urgency to act is really essential… There is a tremendous amount of work to be done.”

About the Event

A Leaders Forum and Global Network for Advanced Management event with Frances Beinecke YC ’71, FES ’74, former President of the Natural Resources Defense Council and McCluskey Fellow at Yale University. Beinecke’s topic is "Climate Change and Global Corporate Responsibility." The moderator is Sharon Oster, Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship.