Second edition launched: How to Declare a Climate Emergency and Take Climate Action
B Lab UK have worked with support and guidance from The B Team and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, to launch the new playbook for declaring a climate emergency taking climate action.
To download the new Playbook, follow this link.
Today over 500 B Corps are publicly committing to accelerate the reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions to reach a 1.5 degree trajectory leading to net zero by the year 2030, 20 years ahead of the 2050 targets set in the Paris Agreement. The B Corp community is making this statement in front of leaders from around the world in Madrid at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25.
The B Corp community understands that this is about more than making a statement. It is about putting in place radically ambitious goals which are meaningful in the context of the Climate Emergency. It is about taking urgent action and being held accountable. And it is about being highly practical and recognising that the time for action is now.
To enable this action we are pleased to share an updated version of the playbook designed to help businesses to declare a climate emergency and take climate action. We’ve called this a playbook to acknowledge there isn’t a single route to taking climate action. The playbook contains resources and inspiration so that all businesses can be agents of change.
Professor Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford says:
“I am thrilled that our community supported this playbook. Declarations are important, but actions even more so. The playbook sets out concrete actions that organisations can take to address one of the most critical issues facing our planet.”
Since the first launch of this playbook nearly 6 months ago, we’ve seen a series of profound shifts take place around the world. As new reports have been released citing the growing risks of climate change, we’ve also seen growing levels of social unrest from Hong Kong to Santiago. This has made it clear that the twin emergencies of climate breakdown and social inequality reflect a profound failure in our overall system which needs to be addressed urgently.
We believe business needs to play a leading role in enabling the transition that is so clearly needed — transforming the economic system that has lead to the Climate Emergency. Within business we will find the necessary capital, the knowledge, the ingenuity, the networks, the technology and the courage.
Reflecting on these changes in the world, we’ve updated the playbook. We’ve included new materials including a special note on why it is critical to address system failure in tackling the climate emergency. There is also a new section focussed specifically on the importance of climate advocacy — because we know that individual action alone will not be enough.
To show that change is possible, we’ve profiled a series of businesses that have declared a climate emergency and are taking important action to address it. And to make this practical for anyone working in business we’ve provided a deeper series of approaches on how to engage key departments while highlighting a range of tools and resources to help on the journey ahead.
This updated playbook is more comprehensive than its predecessor because of the support and guidance from The B Team and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Our hope is to continue to update and refine the content of this Playbook — including new tools, resources, ideas and frameworks as they become available. Please stay tuned into the work of the Climate Collective at B Lab for further updates as they are made available.
To download this new Playbook, please follow this link.
On 11th December over 500 B Corps publicly committed to accelerate the reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions to reach a 1.5 degree trajectory leading to net zero by the year 2030–20 years ahead of the 2050 targets set in the Paris Agreement. Read more here.
A first step for businesses interested in measuring their social and environmental impact is by using the free B Impact Assessment tool. Any company wishing to certify as a B Corp has its performance assessed by B Lab across all dimensions of its business. These companies are on a journey of continuous improvement to ensure business leverages its power to be a positive force in the world.