Major Saskatchewan Firms And Their Views On Climate Change Impacts On Their Supply Chains: A Look At Modelling, Mitigation And Adaptation, And Implications
Climate change is an issue that currently does, and will, impact global supply chains. Saskatchewan relies heavily on global supply chains to ensure necessities are available, and Saskatchewan itself as a resource-based economy has a significant role to play in many supply chains, so long as supply chains are able to adapt and adjust to a changing climate. Climate change and supply chains are not issues lacking attention; the literature shows command of the issue, causes of disruptions, and methods of bettering supply chain resiliency outcomes. However, previous research has focused on specific industries or geographies, often not specifically looking at Saskatchewan. Using qualitative interviews with employees of firms critical to the functioning of Saskatchewan society, I am able to deeper analyze how Saskatchewan firms are preparing for the impacts of climate change on their supply chains, if they are at all. Results from the interviews were similar to what was echoed in the Literature Review; in general, some preparations have been done by some Saskatchewan firms. Other firms have done limited preparations or thinking about the issue of climate change impacts on their supply chains partly due to the difficulties in modelling future impacts, misguided financial incentives, and the ‘wickedness’ of the issue. My findings allow the public and policymakers to gain a greater understanding of Saskatchewan society’s readiness for climate change impacts, specifically those impacts that will bring forth issues in delivering the goods and services required in the modern day.
Honours Project thesis, Submitted to Dr. Keith Willoughby, Department of Finance and Management Science, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan
supply chain, climate change, Saskatchewan