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Research to provide actionable insight into attitude and behaviour of food production, distribution, and retail business in relation to managing climate risks - CA0502

This project will investigate the extent to which established producers, distributors and retailers in the food supply industry have considered the risks and opportunities posed by a changing climate and, if not, what barriers are hindering or preventing them from doing so.
The purpose of this investigation is to find out what businesses are doing now (and what they plan to do) to adapt to a changing climate. The aims are to increase awareness of the impact climate change has on business, increase resilience to the effects of climate change and encourage businesses to carry out risk assessments and take up the potential opportunities climate change presents.
In this project we want to investigate to what extent the food supply chain (food production, distribution and retail) business with operations in (or serving) North East, Yorkshire and Humber )has considered whether they have a need to adapt to climate change and, if so, what are barriers are preventing them from doing so. Based on this information, we need to develop effective methods to remove barriers and increase take up of adaptation in these businesses. It could also be that businesses have fully considered adaptation and decided there is no need for them to take any action- it is important to establish if this is the case.
We also need to understand why, if an organisation has not considered the business implications of climate change whether this was an explicit decision or due to other factors such as lack of time and resource. Of course, it could be neither but simply such a low priority to some businesses that it is not on their radar and no thought has yet been given to it.
Evidence of adaptation can vary significantly within businesses. From hard sources, such as inclusion of climate impacts in businesses continuity plans or a risk assessment, to softer sources such as internal papers or discussion. We are interested in all of these actions and, in some circumstances, why informal actions were not taken further.
Key Aims
• To gain understanding and insight into attitude and beliefs of businesses in the food supply chain to adapting to climate change.
• To identify what barriers there are preventing these businesses from taking into account adapting to climate change in business plans.
• To identify effective methods and insights to help assist a behaviour change campaign for these businesses
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : Adapting to climate change in the food industry   (7579k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £46,150
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Social Change Ltd