More than a fifth of the world’s largest corporations, with combined sales of nearly $14 trillion, are estimated to have committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Many more still need to do so. The challenge for all these corporations is to make their intentions real: to turn commitments into sustainable plans and actions.
Corporations need to do this at pace and at scale, to hit the 2030 emission reduction goals that are critical to achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. They need to do it with the tools and the constraints they have today, without waiting for a more supportive environment. Yet they must achieve this within the normal pressures of sustaining and growing a profitable business: They have to deliver on both transition and commercial goals. Pursuing a climate agenda without commercial viability is not sustainable. On the other hand, a risk-based, commercially driven agenda focused on how climate change may impact the company — rather than how the company can impact climate change — won’t achieve the necessary transition.
Read the blueprint here: Getting Real: A blueprint for a commercially smart climate transition