Before you do anything else, take a moment and check out MSCI’s tracker calculating progress by companies towards curbing climate risk…

Take Action Businesses

BUSINESSES

BUSINESSES

The corporate world is aware of the costs of climate climate and they are aware of what needs to be done:

  • slash carbon in energy-intensive industries, in operations, in transportation, and in buildings
  • buy lots of renewable energy
  • reduce waste, particularly in critical sectors such as food and agriculture
  • expand the use of circular business models that minimize resource use
  • embed climate change metrics in corporate systems and key performance indicators
  • empower suppliers, customers and employees to drive change
  • rethink their investments and business models

Even as Trump announced in May 2017 that he would withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, dozens of states and Puerto Rico formed the US Climate Alliance vowing to uphold the US end of the Agreement. In April 2018, the business community, through its coalition, We Are Still In launched its We Are Taking Action campaign to encourage local, state and private sector leaders to take action to address climate change.

In February, 2021, as the United States returned to the Paris Climate Agreement under Biden, elected officials joined the business and nonprofit community to launch  “America Is All In.” This coalition aims to collaborate with the federal government on the fight against climate change. Led by Mike Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Common Spirit Health CEO Lloyd Dean and climate champions across the country, the coalition is working to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030* and reach net zero emissions by 2050, while guarding against the impacts of climate disruption.

GM announced, in February 2021, that it would only produce electric vehicles after 2035, putting serious wind into the Biden administration’s sails.

6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • 1 PREPARE, IT'S CHEAPER THAN RECOVERING

    Studies show that for every US $1 spent to mitigate risks, US $4 is saved on recovery costs. Time to assess climate risks and plan.

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  • 2 SET SCIENCE BASED TARGETS

    440 companies are taking science-based climate action and 122 companies have approved science-based targets. Make a commitment now.

    SCIENCE BASED TARGETS
  • 3 DIVERT SUPPORT FROM FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES

    The San Francisco-based Bank of the West is withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.” Instead, invest time and energy where it will have positive impacts.

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  • 4 CREATE SOLAR POWER PERKS

    The Solar Community Initiative program works with corporations to provide discounts to employees on home solar. Expand your company benefits and perks to encourage climate conscious incentives.

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  • 5 SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

    The transport sector accounts for 23% of gas emissions, and businesses own over half of all vehicles on the road. Lead the transition to electric.

    WE MEAN BUSINESS COALITION
  • 6 PUT A PRICE ON CARBON

    More than 1,200 global companies are adopting carbon pricing. Microsoft instituted their fee on carbon in 2012 and has since reduced emissions by more than 9.6 million metric tons.

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KEY RESOURCES

Net Zero Leaders

05/31/23
More than 4,000 companies, representing over a third of the global economy’s market capitalization, had by the end of 2022 set targets to reduce or completely offset their carbon emissions to slow climate change—a goal…

Integrity matters: Net zero commitments By businesses, Financial institutions, Cities and regions

12/09/22
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NASA, FEMA Release Comprehensive Climate Action Guide

07/09/22
NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have released a guide that provides resources for adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change. The guide, Building Alliances for Climate Action, includes various perspectives, stories,…

The world’s 60 biggest banks poured over 6 years into the fossil fuel industry, driving climate chaos & causing deadly local community impacts.

06/30/22
Bank funding for fossil fuels often brings dire threats to the lives and livelihoods of local communities around the world — harming Indigenous Peoples, Black and Brown communities, and poor and working-class communities first and…

The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker

06/29/22
The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker indicates the collective progress of publicly listed companies in the MSCI ACWI Investable Market Index (IMI) in keeping global warming well below 2°C. It also highlights the largest listed companies with…

How governments and businesses can supercharge decarbonisation

03/18/22
Taking the necessary action to stay within 1.5 °C is in essence neither a technology, nor an economic challenge. It's a leadership challenge. To enhance and deliver on the pledges made at COP26, immediate steps…

Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor 2022

02/07/22
Companies around the world are increasingly alert to the climate emergency, facing calls from a growing range of stakeholders to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their activities. Most large companies now have public…

Plastic Waste Makers Index

05/21/21
Find out which companies hold the fate of the world’s single-use plastic crisis in their hands and ask them to change.

Decarbonizing Space Heating with Air Source Heat Pumps

11/19/20
Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are powered by electricity, using well-established technology to move heat from outdoor air to indoor air. When powered by zero-carbon electricity, ASHPs provide space heating with almost no greenhouse gas…

Modelling for Sustainable Development: New decisions for a new age

10/01/20
This book provides a detailed overview of models used in designing projects and policies that integrate sustainable development considerations and objectives.

Water: A human and business priority

08/14/20
Water is the lifeblood of humanity. With it, communities thrive. But, when the supply and demand of fresh water are misaligned, the delicate environmental, social, and financial ecosystems on which we all rely are at…

12 books on how climate change is transforming businesses and the global economy

03/20/20
The significant transformations required to meet the challenges posed by climate change are, from another perspective, fabulous opportunities. Inventors, entrepreneurs, and business strategists recognized this fact many years ago. Their activities have since been chronicled…

Major companies join new alliance to accelerate transition to electric vehicles

02/07/20
Ceres announces the launch of a new alliance to help companies accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, a key component of tackling the climate crisis.

Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism: World’s Largest Companies Support Developing Core Set of Universal ESG Disclosures

01/30/20
140 of the world’s largest companies support effort to develop a core set of common metrics and disclosures on non-financial factors to their investors and other stakeholders.

UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

01/30/20
We are an international group of institutional investors delivering on a bold commitment to transition our investment portfolios to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Coalition seeks to engage business in climate action

07/02/19
Numerous international organizations announced plans yesterday to work in tandem for "business-nature" solutions to climate change. The Business for Nature coalition, composed of 13 organizations, promises to solidify a business-oriented approach to climate change in…

Aim for 100% renewable power

08/15/18
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) helps companies navigate options, contracts, Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and more.

New Climate Advocacy Group Has CEO Pedigree

05/27/19
The CEO Climate Dialogue brings together a number of major companies as part of a coalition that aims to push the climate discussion forward. It comes as chatter around climate change is heating up.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

05/18/19
WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the…

The Climate Group

05/18/19
The Climate Group works internationally with leading businesses, states and regions to deliver a world of net zero greenhouse gas emissions and greater prosperity for all. We are at the forefront of ambitious climate action.…

E2

05/18/19
E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who, in partnership with the NRDC, advocate for smart policies that are good for the…

Climate Path

05/18/19
ClimatePath helps organizations of all sizes develop innovative strategies for conservation and impact reduction, performs assessments of employee engagement with CSR activities, plan for a future of growing affluence and constrained resources, and connect to…

Cool Effect

05/18/19
We are a nonprofit dedicated to reducing carbon emissions around the world by helping businesses, universities, organizations, and individuals support projects that are verifiably reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are here to help your organization,…

MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

80 Percent of Global CO2 Emissions Come From Just 57 Companies, Report Shows

04/09/24
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Where do all those Amazon EV delivery vans recharge?

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Greasy—and good for the planet

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Microsoft, Qcells strike massive supply deal for US-made solar panels

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Reimagine, reuse, recycle: How to reach sustainable packaging targets in retail

12/14/23
The next decade will be pivotal for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. And with consumers and regulators likely to shift to more sustainable offerings and impose stricter environmental mandates, respectively, companies are feeling the pressure…

China Leaves Everyone Behind in Race for Renewables Income

09/04/23
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The path to net zero: 5 moves for CEOs

08/09/23
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What real climate policy looks like

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A new framework for how firms can manage climate risks

04/20/23
As the climate crisis worsens, it will bring substantial risk to businesses’ assets and operations. Many firms have yet to implement a comprehensive framework and take company-specific, preventative measures to protect themselves. With threats ranging…

United States Supermarket Scorecard 2022

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EIA scored the biggest U.S. supermarket chains on their actions to reduce emissions of climate super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Each company is scored on actions in three categories of technology adoption, refrigerant management, and policy…

Why seniors are blocking entrances to the four largest U.S. banks

03/21/23
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Destination: Net Zero – Six Steps Companies Can Take To Address Climate Goals

02/02/23
Increasingly, companies around the world are under pressure to respond to global climate change, but many are struggling to meet ambitious climate goals because there is no clear framework to help them set and track…

What To Know About Home Depot’s New Energy Deal

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Everything you need to run a world-class climate program

12/05/22
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Apple calls on global supply chain to decarbonize by 2030

10/25/22
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Corporate pushback against climate action is getting desperate

09/28/22
As net zero commitments reshape the world economy, and as the impacts of climate change accelerate, climate politics is getting existential. Vulnerable communities are fighting to survive. This month, one-third of Pakistan, a country of…

Getting Going

09/27/22
In our Getting Real report for Climate Week NYC in 2021, we set out a blueprint for a commercially smart climate transition. What we heard back from practitioners was that the blueprint was a valuable…

As temperatures rise, industries fight heat safeguards for workers

08/09/22
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Clean-energy workers demand assurances on abortion care benefits

07/19/22
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Walmart’s EV deal blocks Amazon as rivalry expands

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White House announces $700M in private investments for EV charging

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The Biden administration announced Tuesday that a number of companies are planning to invest more than $700 million to boost U.S. manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle charging.

Lego to invest over $1 billion in first U.S. brick plant

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Toymaker Lego said on Wednesday it will invest more than $1 billion in its first factory in the United States, which will be carbon-neutral, to shorten supply chains and keep up with growing demand for…

Accelerating toward net zero: The green business building opportunity

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Forbes Global 2000 Firms Judged ‘Alarmingly Weak’ On Climate Plans

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GHG Reduction Programs & Strategies

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Big Fossil’s disaster capitalist response to Russia-Ukraine

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The industry moved quickly to capture the narrative, going from disinformation blitz to policy wins within a matter of weeks.

Stanford Gets $1.1 Billion for New Climate School From John Doerr

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John Doerr, one of the most successful venture capitalists in the history of Silicon Valley, is giving $1.1 billion to Stanford University to fund a school focused on climate change and sustainability. The gift, which…

Four Strategies Businesses Can Deploy to Slash Food Waste

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Building a green business: Lessons from sustainability start-ups

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Green tech and climate technology companies are rapidly altering the competitive landscape. With sustainability now a business imperative, incumbents need to move quickly—or risk being left behind.

Sustainability

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Major Technology Companies To Provide Nearly $1 Billion Building Market Demand For CO2 Removal

04/13/22
Stripe, with funding from Alphabet, Meta, Shopify and McKinsey, has launched Frontier, which plans on investing $925 million in carbon removal technologies over the coming decade. Opening the opportunity to the market, tens of thousands…

What Is the Electrified Economy and Why Should Businesses Care?

04/11/22
As energy transitions to 100% clean electricity, energy users that go all-in on electricity can meet emissions targets, cut costs and climate proof their operations. Learn how to prepare for an electrified economy.

Learn with the Climate Solutions Accelerator Program

04/05/22
Every organisation has a role to play in helping to address climate change. Those who are not sufficiently familiar with the issues and, importantly, the main solutions, will not be able to make the diffference…

You’ve heard Bitcoin fuels the climate crisis,but did you know a software code change could clean it up?

04/01/22
And it’s quickly surpassing more countries, according to the University of Cambridge. Unless its price is decoupled from its energy use, Bitcoin will drive devastating climate impacts.

Statement by Martin J. Gruenberg, Acting Chairman, FDIC Board of Directors On the Request for Comment on the Statement of Principles for Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large Financial Institutions

03/30/22
Today, the FDIC Board approved a proposed Statement of Principles for Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large Financial Institutions (Statement of Principles). The proposed Statement of Principles provides a high-level framework for the safe and…

Most Climate Action 100+ Companies Are Failing on Emissions

03/30/22
An investor alliance with a combined $68 trillion of assets has issued a damning report about the world’s biggest polluters, revealing that less than one-fifth have actually mapped out a meaningful path toward net-zero emissions.

ESG Reporting: How Transparent Are You?

03/25/22
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is working on a new rule that will require U.S.-listed companies to provide investors with detailed disclosures on how climate change could affect their business. Europe recently announced…

How Corporate Collaboration Can Slow the Flow of Microplastics into the Environment

03/22/22
At this year’s Consumer Technology Association conference, Samsung — maker of phones, laptops, refrigerators and more — announced a lineup of sustainability initiatives for its home appliances. Among the initiatives was a collaboration with outdoor…

Google to Cut Food Waste at Facilities through Sourcing Changes, Kitchen Improvements

03/09/22
Search engine giant Google announced plans to reduce food waste at its facilities earlier this week spanning the entire lifecycle of food served at Google, from where it’s produced to how it’s consumed and what…

Here’s what Super Bowl ads say about climate change

02/14/22
Toyota debuted its hybrid Prius for the first time at the Super Bowl in 2005, calling it “good news for planet Earth.” In 2006, there were two Super Bowl ads for new hybrids: one for…

Climate Pledges of Amazon, Google, Walmart, Others Found to Have Low Integrity

02/08/22
The Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor, a collaboration between sustainability research institute New Climate Institute and climate policy advocate Carbon Market Watch that evaluates the transparency and integrity of companies’ climate pledges, released an analysis today…

Innovating to net zero: An executive’s guide to climate technology

10/28/21
New technologies represent a critical part of the world’s decarbonization tool kit—and the world does not yet have all the technologies that it would need to solve the net-zero equation by balancing sources and sinks…

Google bans ads on content, including YouTube videos, with false claims about climate change.

10/07/21
Google said it will no longer display advertisements on YouTube videos and other content that promote inaccurate claims about climate change.

Big Business Is Bankrolling an Effort to Kill the Democratic Climate Bill

10/01/21
The trade group that represents Apple, Walmart, Nike, and dozens of other companies is trying to kneecap the U.S.’s final chance to meet its 2025 climate goals.

API targets climate legislation with Facebook ad blitz

09/30/21
Two lobbying groups for the oil and gas industry have bombarded Facebook with hundreds of ads opposing climate legislation in Congress that have been viewed 23 million times. The American Petroleum Institute and the American…

Walmart calls for “strong climate policy now,” backs campaign to kill strong climate policy

09/30/21
In a new post on LinkedIn, Walmart's Chief Sustainability Officer, Kathleen McLaughlin, underscored the company's commitment to addressing climate change. But McLaughlin noted, correctly, that "even the most ambitious voluntary individual and collective actions are…

Microsoft tweets concern for Ida victims while funding climate deniers in Congress

09/07/21
The world's second-largest company is still bankrolling climate deniers' re-election campaigns, and defending the practice.

Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling. Here’s How It Works.

07/21/21
The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”

Opinion: The SEC must require companies to disclose their risk from climate change

07/12/21
In July 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s first chairman addressed the National Press Club. In the perilous wake of the Great Crash of 1929, he was there to reassure American families, policymakers and businesses that the…