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.

    THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • 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
Report from the united nations’ High-level expert group on the Net zero emissions commitments Of non-state entitiesReport from the united nations’ High-level expert group on the Net zero emissions commitments Of non-state entities

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

5 ways businesses can be more aggressive about climate change

04/22/21
This Earth Day, President Biden will bring together government leaders from around the world for a climate summit aimed at accelerating efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. It's expected that the president…

Executives Call for Deep Emission Cuts to Combat Climate Change

04/13/21
 More than 300 businesses, including Google, McDonalds and Walmart, are pushing the Biden administration to nearly double the United States’ target for cuts to planet-warming emissions ahead of an April 22 global summit on climate…

FedEx On the Road to Become Carbon-Neutral by 2040

04/06/21
FedEx recently announced it will be carbon-neutral by 2040, nearly ten years earlier than what is required by the Paris climate accords. This initiative is impressive given FedEx’s enormous transportation footprint with 84,000 vehicles globally. Also,…

Plastic Bank Celebrates Stopping Its 1 Billionth Bottle of Ocean-Bound Plastic, Partnership With SC Johnson Accounts for Half of the Total

04/04/21
Plastic Bank®, a social enterprise revolutionizing the global supply chain for recycled ocean-bound plastic, announced today it has reached the significant milestone of stopping 1 billion plastic bottles from entering the world’s oceans. Plastic Bank’s…

D&O Price Increases Sting in a Hardening Market. Adopting ESG Best Practices Can Reduce the Pain

01/28/21
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, made headlines last fall when it committed to spending $310 million over the next decade on corporate diversity programs as part of a settlement for a series of shareholder lawsuits over…

How ‘Net-Zero’ Targets Disguise Climate Inaction

10/29/20
Japan is doing it. China is doing it. Shell Oil is even doing it. They are all promising to be carbon neutral or net-zero by 2050 (China says 2060, and promises "Peak Carbon" by 2030).…

From the Rooftops, Big Box Stores Are Embracing Solar

10/14/19
Target and Walmart are trying to out-green each other in proving to customers they are environmentally responsible businesses.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos makes carbon neutral pledge on eve of worker protests

09/19/19
His pledge came ahead of mass climate change protests which hundreds of the Amazon's staff will take part in.

Delta Does (and Does Not) Ditch Plastic; Why It’s All Good

05/24/19
As the urgency of climate action comes into sharper focus, airlines have found themselves on the front lines of the battle over carbon emissions. They have also become a bellwether for innovative solutions.

Start-Ups Hoping to Fight Climate Change Struggle as Other Tech Firms Cash In

05/07/19
With the money he made selling his last start-up to Google, Matt Rogers has been investing in companies that are trying to fight climate change.

3 things businesses can do to win the climate change fight

11/15/18
There are roughly 100 companies directly responsible for CO2 emissions, outlined in the Carbon Majors report. Others in the utility and transportation sectors are indirectly responsible for carbon emissions. The good news is that more…

Measure, manage, disclose

08/15/18
Better disclosure leads to greater action. CDP and Climate Disclosure Standards Board help companies set and reach climate goals by facilitating data measurement.

Nine Things Companies Can Do To Protect Nature At Scale

05/18/19
Protecting the environment should be a no-brainer for business leaders. Why? Environmental business strategies aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for business results too. These strategies lower costs and improve companies’ bottom lines.…

Shop responsibly and sustainably

05/18/19
DoneGood was created with a simple mission: to make it quick, easy, and affordable to use our purchasing power for good.

3 things companies can do to push global climate action

05/18/19
To address climate change, business leaders will need more supportive policies from governments. Here are a few ways business leaders can inspire national climate action.

Develop a project

05/18/19
Established in 2003 by WWF, Gold Standard sets the benchmark for climate initiatives which move us towards meeting the ambition of the Paris Agreement and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). They certify projects…

Start using biodegradable mushroom-based packaging

02/01/19
This versatile packaging is made from mycelium and is completely biodegradable. Their website shows a variety of materials.

Plant a vertical forest

02/01/19
Line balconies and roofs to create an urban canopy, like this skyscraper in Toronto.

Label products with How2Recycle

02/01/19
It’s the only standardized label to offer comprehensive instructions on packaging recyclability. LEGO, Colgate Palmolive and Aldi will all begin to use it.

Power the Internet with Renewable Energy

02/01/19
Data center operations account for two percent of all U.S. electricity use. The Future of Internet Power aims for 100 percent renewable energy and members include Adobe, Bank of America, and eBay.

Say it with a logo

08/15/18
Budweiser’s 100% renewable electricity symbol aims to start conversations about climate change. And, they are encouraging other brands to use the symbol on any product made using 100% renewable electricity.