Climate Leadership in the Corporate World

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Business leaders will play a critical role in achieving a safe climate future and shaping the transition to a modern clean economy.

Why is this important?

Climate action is firmly on businesses agendas and 99% of large company CEOs agree that “sustainability issues are important to the future success of their businesses.” (Source)

Executives and managers and at all levels can use their influence to grow a sustainable company that is profitable and protects our climate.

There are many steps business leaders can take from developing sustainability plans, setting carbon targets, and committing to renewable energy that sets their company up for the low-carbon future.

Key Actions


Create a sustainability plan

Ensure your business is prepared for climate change, what The Economist describes as ‘the great disruptor that firms must react to fast’ by developing and committing to a sustainability plan.


Action:

Adopt some of the actions the World Resources Institute recommends for companies from setting a greenhouse gas reduction target, pricing carbon, and procuring renewable electricity.

Become Carbon Neutral certified by measuring, offsetting and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions. 

Take stock of your company’s resource usage with a materiality assessment and an energy audit as part of a sustainability plan.

Join 1,333 other companies who have committed to bold climate action through the We Mean Business Coalition.

For SMEs, build a sustainability plan starting with this useful guide.


Create a sustainability plan


Ensure your business is prepared for climate change, what The Economist describes as ‘the great disruptor that firms must react to fast’ by developing and committing to a sustainability plan.

Action:

Adopt some of the actions the World Resources Institute recommends for companies from setting a greenhouse gas reduction target, pricing carbon, and procuring renewable electricity.

Become Carbon Neutral certified by measuring, offsetting and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions. 

Take stock of your company’s resource usage with a materiality assessment and an energy audit as part of a sustainability plan.

Join 1,333 other companies who have committed to bold climate action through the We Mean Business Coalition.

For SMEs, build a sustainability plan starting with this useful guide.

Hire for sustainability

Make sure your business is focused on efficiency, reducing waste and pollution through dedicated sustainability roles.


Action:

  1. Consider employing a sustainability manager to lead in meeting your company’s environmental goals or spread responsibility for developing and delivering climate friendly plans and policies across your existing roles.

  2. Search for suitable candidates by posting job positions on the Climate Base job board.

  3. Bring new energy and a climate focus into your team with an intern focused on sustainability. Contact your local university for applicants or search here.

  4. Feel free to reach out to us for information and connections - team@youchangeearth.org.


Hire for sustainability


Make sure your business is focused on efficiency, reducing waste and pollution through dedicated sustainability roles.

Action:

  1. Consider employing a sustainability manager to lead in meeting your company’s environmental goals or spread responsibility for developing and delivering climate friendly plans and policies across your existing roles.

  2. Search for suitable candidates by posting job positions on the Climate Base job board.

  3. Bring new energy and a climate focus into your team with an intern focused on sustainability. Contact your local university for applicants or search here.

  4. Feel free to reach out to us for information and connections - team@youchangeearth.org.

Benefit from a sustainability consultant

Improve your company’s environmental social and governance performance and in doing so, improve your brand, customer acquisition and business relationships by bringing in an external expert in sustainability.


Action:

  1. Explore these sustainability consulting services and hire one that suits your need

Feel free to reach out to us for information and connections - alec@youchangeearth.org


Benefit from a sustainability consultant


Improve your company’s environmental social and governance performance and in doing so, improve your brand, customer acquisition and business relationships by bringing in an external expert in sustainability.

Action:

  1. Explore these sustainability consulting services and hire one that suits your need

Feel free to reach out to us for information and connections - alec@youchangeearth.org

Become officially sustainability certified

Demonstrate your commitment to and benefit from the certification process to improve your ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate governance) proposition.


Action:

  1.  Apply for B-Corp certification and meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.                                                                   

  2. Apply for TRUE certification to achieve zero-waste goals.


Become officially sustainability certified


Demonstrate your commitment to and benefit from the certification process to improve your ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate governance) proposition.

Action:

  1.  Apply for B-Corp certification and meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.                                                                   

  2. Apply for TRUE certification to achieve zero-waste goals.

How it adds up

  • Companies with trillions of dollars of market capitalization are acting now to increase their sustainability practises and climate goals. (Source)

  • Business leaders are acting and 94% of large CEOs report feeling a personal responsibility for laying out their company’s core purpose and role in society.

  • ESG is creating value for companies (source) and by working together and taking concrete actions we can see business flourish in a thriving safe-climate world.

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