MNCs activities to combat climate change in developing countries

Francesco Farné

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

What are the climate change practices of MNCs in developing countries? What are the driving forces of these practices? In my paper I will analyze the following aspects related to MNCs activities in developing countries to combat climate change: first of all, I will illustrate what practices are adopting and furthermore what the main reasons are that push firms to take an active part in combating climate change issues in developing countries. Various hypotheses will be presented to draw a conclusion concerning the above-mentioned issue. The majority of firms worldwide still have the national government as focal point in their political activities. The main difference is that in countries with strong government pressure for climate change, this more often takes the shape of providing policy input, whereas in countries with low government pressure, participation in voluntary government programs tends to prevail (Kolk, 2007). This work provides an overview of emerging business strategies to tackle climate change in developing countries. The importance of my research question is highlighted by the fact that, at the present time, climate change represents a focal issue for states, private companies as well as other organizations. It is necessary to understand whether firms are really interested in challenging this aspect or if they get involved just to earn a good reputation. The importance for companies to be involved in actions to combat climate change is related to the fact that this allows them to earn important advantages in different fields. Besides that, it is important to clarify that the focus of my project is on developing countries since these are the countries, which will be affected the most by the climate change, as pointed out by the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, 2007). Furthermore, so far there has been too little research on this topic, thereafter there is a need to fill the gap in the literature concerning this issue. In light of the above, those are the main reasons that drove me to ask how firms are combating climate change in developing countries and why they decided to get involved in this issue. On the basis of my findings I will seek to make recommendations for future improvements.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2011
Number of pages97